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    Default 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    Hi,
    Would you please advise me the following sentense is correct or not. I'm confused this sentense and wonder if you could help me.
    ' All that we are is the result of what we have thought'
    Thank you so much

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

    This is a perfectly clear, grammatical English sentence. It means that the person we have become is the result of the thoughts that we have had. (I've probably made this more confusing for you.)

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    A person cannot develop and change, grow out of his childish ways and become mature emotionally, in his relationships with others, and his interaction with the world, unless he is able to reflect on (think about) his experiences, his own thoughts and feelings, and so grasp the values and principles underpinning society. Otherwise, he cannot attain 'all' that he could be, and his own inner life is not a source of enrichment to him, but some unknown, alien, and frightening world. (The latter is characteristically experienced as fears of cancer and other diseases lurking inside their body.)

    (You see this happening before your eyes, when someone is thinking through an experience, striving to understand it, and is met by the comment, "You think too much.")

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Macho_yuen View Post
    Hi,
    Would you please advise me the following sentense is correct or not. I'm confused this sentense and wonder if you could help me.
    ' All that we are is the result of what we have thought'
    Thank you so much
    "All that we are" is the subject of the verb "is". The complement is "the result of what we have thought".
    It means: we are the result of what we have thought.
    But "we" has been phrased as "All that we are".

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "All that we are" is the subject of the verb "is". The complement is "the result of what we have thought".
    It means: we are the result of what we have thought.
    But "we" has been phrased as "All that we are".

    what a clear explanation. thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    All that we are is the result ...

    All - the subject of the sentence
    that we are - an attributive clause modifying the subject 'all'. It does not affect the subject predicate agreement.
    The link-verb 'to be' would agree with the pronoun all.
    'All' here is a noun-pronoun used as a substitute for a noun with an uncountable abstract meaning. That's why the agreement has to be with the singular form of the verb.
    (Like in 'All is well that ends well'.)

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    Hi Clark,
    Thank you so much for your explanation. Hope that we could be friend and keep in touch.
    Have a nice weekend,
    Yuen

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    Default Re: 2 verb to be can go together at same time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "All that we are" is the subject of the verb "is". The complement is "the result of what we have thought".
    It means: we are the result of what we have thought.
    But "we" has been phrased as "All that we are".
    Thank you so much for your very clear explaination.
    have a nice weekend
    Yuen

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