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Old 8th Sep 2006, 15:26   #1
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I hope this is the right place to put this. I was thinking about it, on reading the post from JS on the Blindness thread with the unintelligible screen name which made much more sense once a few dots were placed in situ.

Anyway, I saw this on a film, years ago - I can't remember which film it was, I'm afraid. A teacher put the following sentence (or sentences) on a board and challenged a student to add punctuation to make sense of the words:

that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is

Anyone care to have a go?
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Old 8th Sep 2006, 15:41   #2
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I have a horrible feeling that I have missed the mark by miles, but here's my attempt.

"That." "That is." "Is that?" "That is not." "Is not? Is that it?" "It is."
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I've just Googled. Please ignore my rubbish attempt above.
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Old 8th Sep 2006, 15:53   #4
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I Googled as well. I was confusing this set of words with one which made one whole sentence (without full stops, question marks, exclamations etc), which I think has lots of 'has's in it.

It helps if you read it out aloud, I think.
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that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
I wanted to treat this as a Logical Statement, defining something, like:

That that "is" is that that is not "is not", is that it "it is".

That is not it, is it? (it would need to end is it is to work, I think)
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Old 8th Sep 2006, 16:35   #6
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D'oh! It worked fine up to the comma, even if it was wrong.
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That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

That was fun!
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Thanks Kimberley - I really like it and can rarely find anyone who can work it out as well, so it's fun to try on people in the pub (along with the names of all 7 Dwarves and Deadly Sins)
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You're right by the way, Kimberley - at least in the film I saw
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...have no excuses for all my sloppy posts then except carelessness
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