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    it is us

    Recently, I've come across this sentence:

    Someone has to do this now, it is our destiny, if it is us that everyone, expects us to have the mission won.

    I wonder if the underlined part is grammatically OK or not.

    What do you native speakers think? Do you think it sounds fine as it is?

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    Re: it is us

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Recently, I've come across this sentence:

    Someone has to do this now, it is our destiny, if it is us that everyone, expects us to have the mission won.

    I wonder if the underlined part is grammatically OK or not.

    What do you native speakers think? Do you think it sounds fine as it is?
    No, it's not OK. It's meaningless.

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    Re: it is us

    Without the second 'us' as:

    if it is us that everyone, expects to have the mission won.

    would it work?

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    Re: it is us

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Without the second 'us' as:

    if it is us that everyone, expects to have the mission won.

    would it work?
    No, the comma makes it meaningless.

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    #5

    Re: it is us

    The original has that comma, so I left it uncorrected.

    Without that comma, only the second one here would work?

    ...if it is us that everyone expects us to have the mission won.

    ...if it is us that everyone expects to have the mission won.

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    Re: it is us

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    ...if it is us that everyone expects us to have the mission won.

    ...if it is us that everyone expects to have the mission won.
    Neither works. The words are meaningless; it makes no difference what punctuation you add or take away.

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    Re: it is us

    You can get the idea, but it's a dog's dinner of a sentence.

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    A dog's dinner. Really!?

    Here is the comment I found beside the lyrics from which the sentence was excerpted:

    ... here are the Yamato lyrics as re-written by Mike Vescera, which are actually a pretty faithful translation of the original.

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    Re: it is us

    NOT A TEACHER

    As far as song lyrics are concerned, sort of everything goes and the authors of them often do not bother with correct grammar or meaningful phrases. And there is always the possibility that someone just made a typo when writing the lyrics.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: it is us

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    A dog's dinner. Really!?

    Here is the comment I found beside the lyrics from which the sentence was excerpted:

    ... here are the Yamato lyrics as re-written by Mike Vescera, which are actually a pretty faithful translation of the original.
    It may be faithful, but dogs are faithful to their dinner- it's a mess.

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