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    Default Re: l need help

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    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 *****
    As bhaisahab said, in one line.

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    I always like Parsers answers. Please keep up the good work.

    If you read Charles Dickens, which is hardly 'ancient', you will find a lot of examples of the use of 'be' come as opposed to 'have' come. German always uses 'be' with 'come'. There seems to be a correlation with verbs that can't have an object.
    Last edited by Pedroski; 22-Nov-2010 at 05:12.

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    Default Re: l need help

    I think that your sentence is either ill-structured or old use of English which has already disappeared

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    I always like Parsers answers. Please keep up the good work.
    I have probably said it many times already, but I can't help repeating after you, "TheParser, keep it up, please!"

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    Default Re: l need help

    thank you very much for your explanation.

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