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    I am analysing a section of the Martin Luther King speech for transitivity but i'm struggling to distinguish what processes certain clauses are. For example:

    'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal."

    Would 'I have a dream' be considered material as he
    is having the dream 'have' being an action, or would it be behavioural as a
    dream is a state of consciousness?

    I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

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    Re: Transitivity

    Hi Lyd

    It wouldn't be material; i.e., *what he did with the dream was have it. (Re: I have a dream that one day ... .)

    to have (a dream), to hold in one's mind

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    Oh i see, thank you.

    Do you think it would be considered behavioural then or would it be mental?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyd View Post
    Oh i see, thank you.

    Do you think it would be considered behavioural then or would it be mental?
    You're most welcome.

    My choice is marked:

    Material <acting>
    Mental <thinking>
    Behavioral (Relational) <being; how things which happen in our bodies manifest themselves outside; e.g., smiling, sneezing, yawning>

    What do you think?


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    Re: Transitivity

    I thought it was behavioural but I was very unsure as I struggle with transitivity, therefore I will probaby opt for your choice (mental)

    Thanks!

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    Re: Transitivity

    It's a good choice.

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