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Subject: That that
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".
Reply From: Susan D Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 19-Jul-2013
 
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