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    Re: What does ' we are of ' mean on the mentioned sentence?

    Hello, again.
    As you may know, I'm not a native speaker of English. JMurray is.
    JM has a better grasp of the English language.

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    Re: What does ' we are of ' mean on the mentioned sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    One of the most basic forms in English is, "to be". "to be" indicates a certain state. "are" is the plural version of "to be". In the old language, a person could say, "I be", as in, "I be a sailor". This has changed and now a person would say, "I am a sailor". If there is more than one person involved in this, they could say, "we are sailors". You could read this to say that, of all possible states, our state of being is that of a sailor. A person could also be a dancer, a husband, a drunkard, or an officer of the law, but, at this point, he is calling himself a sailor.

    "We are" is not the same as "we have". "We have" points to possessions, things that owned by a person or persons. You could say that we have religion in the sense that we possess religious ideas. We don't possess a state of being, we don't own what we are. "I am a man", points to a fact, this is my state of being. I have a car is different in that this points to my possessions.

    We are (our state of being) of (read this to mean, members of, or, we belong, or, subscribe to) different religions...

    Wow!Really perfect.Thanks so much.Extremely informative answer.
    I am so confused on tense in English language.
    Is it possible for you to help me on the below post:
    Last edited by jesicaporter; 29-Jul-2012 at 05:27.

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