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    How to analyze this sentence?

    Dear Teacher,

    I had trouble when I read this sentence in TIME magzine (October 23, 2006, page 41)
    Could someone help me?

    Here is the sentence:

    Fundamentalism is not the only valid form of faith, and to say it is, is the great lie of our time.

    Why does this sentence include three "is"?

    Thank you!

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    Re: How to analyze this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by chaiyu View Post
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    Fundamentalism is not the only valid form of faith, and to say it is, is the great lie of our time.

    Why does this sentence include three "is"?

    ...
    Because - in this form - it needs all three. It's not the most elegant of sentences, but it's not ungrammatical. What it's saying is:

    'Fundamentalism is not the only valid form of faith. It is untrue to say - though many people do say it - that fundamentalism is the only valid form of faith.'

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    Smile Re: How to analyze this sentence?

    Oh, I see.

    Thanks for your answer!
    It really helps me a lot.

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