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|Question:||Whenever I've come across the use of ''that'' being used twice consecutively, it's always bothered me. For example, ''That that is is. That that is not is not. Is that it? It is.'' I recognize the two uses of the word, but I suppose I'm wondering why, linguistically, there wasn't a better vehicle created to handle the redundancy of this word? Does this happen in other languages?|
|Reply:||Hey, if it was good enough for Abraham Lincoln, its good enough for me : We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. ("which" won't work here, since the first "that" is a subordinator short for "so that".|
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