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    I am become death?

    Hi,

    These words are from a poem.

    I am become death, the destroyer of the worlds.

    Does that mean I am the death?

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    #2

    Re: I am become death?

    If you research the person who said this line, I think you will understand it more.

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    Re: I am become death?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi,

    These words are from a poem.

    I am become death, the destroyer of the worlds.

    Does that mean I am the death?
    Possibly, but in English we'd say "I am death" (or Death). No "the".

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    Re: I am become death?

    I did search the poem but found nothing of the meaning of that phrase.

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    #6

    Re: I am become death?

    Apparently, another translation is 'Death am I', so you're 'I am death' is consistent with it.

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    Re: I am become death?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I read that material, it's about the history of the first atomic explosion not why the the sentence has this structure.

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    Re: I am become death?

    what I'm wondering about is why this sentence is passive? why not active?

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    Re: I am become death?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    what I'm wondering about is why this sentence is passive? why not active?
    Do you mean, Why is it "I am become" and not "I have become"?
    As in Italian, "Sono divenuto la morte", in English "to be" is occasionally used like essere as the auxiliary for intransitive verbs. It's largely poetical or archaic, and I doubt you'd ever need to use it.
    You might read, in Shakespeare, for example:
    I am come.
    We are arrived.

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    Re: I am become death?

    So you mean it's equal to I have become?

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