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    I am come of a race noted for vigour of fancy and ardour of passion. In this sentence, l couldnt get what " l am come of " means. İf you can help me, l would be grateful. Thanks already!

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    I am come of a race noted for vigour of fancy and ardour of passion. In this sentence, l couldnt get what " l am come of " means. İf you can help me, l would be grateful. Thanks already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanadu View Post
    I am come of a race noted for vigour of fancy and ardour of passion. In this sentence, l couldnt get what " l am come of " means. İf you can help me, l would be grateful. Thanks already!
    "I come from a race.........."

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    "I come from a race.........."
    I can't get what vigour of fancy means.

    Rover

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    Well, this sounds like a badly structured sentence to me. You would say "I come from a race ... "; but not really ".. am come of a race ...".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can't get what vigour of fancy means.

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    Power of imagination? Just a guess.

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    I have merged the two duplicate threads.

    Please ask a question only once.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Power of imagination? Just a guess.
    Yes, exactly, "power of imagination".

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    Quote Originally Posted by waleedwahsh View Post
    Well, this sounds like a badly structured sentence to me. You would say "I come from a race ... "; but not really ".. am come of a race ...".
    "I am come of..." is a correct, if ancient, construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanadu View Post
    I am come of a race noted for vigour of fancy and ardour of passion. In this sentence, l couldnt get what " l am come of " means. İf you can help me, l would be grateful. Thanks already!
    ***** ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****


    Xanadu,


    If I understand Professor George O. Curme correctly, the English

    people used "be" for the present perfect many years ago. Here are some

    examples from his scholarly book:

    The tree is fallen. = The tree has fallen.

    I am this instant arrived here. = I have arrived.

    " whom they say is kill'd to-night on your suggestion" (Shakespeare)

    = has been killed

    Therefore, I think that your quotation is an example of older and more

    elegant English that is still used on special occasions. Probably

    "I am come" = I have come.

    Our famous president Abraham Lincoln used this older English

    during a short and beautiful speech that he gave at a cemetery honoring

    soldiers who had died in a battle during our Civil War (1861 - 1865):

    "We are met on a great battlefield of that war."


    ***** ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****

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