Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default celebrating our common values as a people

    "It is one of the great patriotic symbols of our country. It is a symbol of the American spirits; it is a symbol of unity; it is a symbol of our values. So for all those reasons it's an appropriate place to celebrate an inauguration that is really built around celebrating our common values as a people." ---- Linda Douglass

    Is it common or grammatically correct to use "as a people" here in the sentence above to describe "our common values"? But "values" are different from "a people", right?

  2. #2
    abaka is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    878
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: celebrating our common values as a people

    Quote Originally Posted by latenight View Post
    "It is one of the great patriotic symbols of our country. It is a symbol of the American spirits; it is a symbol of unity; it is a symbol of our values. So for all those reasons it's an appropriate place to celebrate an inauguration that is really built around celebrating our common values as a people." ---- Linda Douglass

    Is it common or grammatically correct to use "as a people" here in the sentence above to describe "our common values"? But "values" are different from "a people", right?
    Yes, it is both correct and often said. The "as a people" is an adverbial phrase (of manner) that modifies "common". Common in what way? As a people. For all of us as one nation.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: celebrating our common values as a people

    Could it be possible to modify "our" as a people? But why does it use "a people" instead of "people"?...

  4. #4
    abaka is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    878
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: celebrating our common values as a people

    Quote Originally Posted by latenight View Post
    But why does it use "a people" instead of "people"?...

    People (no "a") = persons. plural.
    We the people of the United States...

    A people = a nation. Singular. This is in fact the original meaning, Latin populus.
    We the people of the United States...
    We the peoples of the United Nations...

    (Note I've put the US constitution under both. Which one is it? I suspect the second, but I'm not completely sure.)

    Could it be possible to modify "our" as a people?
    Yes. Perhaps you are right. Both make sense, in terms of meaning. Parsing can be subjective! But even if "as a people" modifies "our", it is still an adverbial phrase of manner.
    Last edited by abaka; 25-Jan-2009 at 10:29.

Similar Threads

  1. Why 'THE American people'?
    By peteryoung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-Nov-2008, 21:50
  2. I need help with essay for a scholarship
    By lydelina in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 26-Sep-2008, 02:10
  3. Seminar
    By mallikatweety in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Jun-2006, 11:07
  4. Psychotheray paper Please correct
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2003, 21:28

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk