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    I am what I say I am

    Hi, there.
    Given the phrase above I have absolutely no idea what they were going to say :). Could you please help with that.

    Thank you, for your reply.

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    Re: I am what I say I am

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi, there.
    Given the phrase above I have absolutely no idea what they were going to say :). Could you please help with that.

    Thank you, for your reply.
    what = that which. "I am that which I say I am".
    I say that I am a teacher, I am a teacher. -> I am what I say I am.

    I say that I'm a pork pie. I am not a pork pie. -> I'm not what I say I am.

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    Re: I am what I say I am

    We can't omit I am at the end? That would be I am what I say ?

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    Re: I am what I say I am

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    We can't omit I am at the end? That would be I am what I say ?
    We can, but then it means something else.

    "I am what I say" means that what I say defines who I am. So, for example, if I say a lot of racist things, I'm a racist.

    Compare: "you are what you do".


    Side note

    There is a well known line in the Bible: "I am who I am"

    In Russian this is rendered as,

    Бог сказал Моисею: Я есмь Сущий.

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    Re: I am what I say I am

    Thank you for a russian translation. Seems that I can't understand that phrase being thinking in English. To be honest, I can't clearly understand that despite the fact I'm having translation to my mother tongue.
    May be if I look at that some time later, it can help me...

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    Re: I am what I say I am

    Perhaps the old joke* about the Russian translation of 'The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak' has a grounding in fact - that some things are impossible to think about in one's mother tongue.

    b

    *PS 'The vodka is good but the meat is raw.'

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