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    if that is being a member...

    The following in red is confusing. What is it saying? Please rewrite it more easily.

    Incredible as it seems, Lincoln's political enemies ..... denounced him as a tool of wealth and aristocracy because he had affiliated himself through marriage with the haughty Todd and Edwards families. Ridiculous as the charges were, Lincoln realized that they might hurt him politically. So he answered his critics: "Only one of my relatives has ever visited me since I came to Springfield, and that one, before he got out of town, was accused of stealing a jew's-harp. Now, if that is being a member of a proud, aristocratic family, then I am guilty of the offense."

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    Re: if that is being a member...

    One does not usually use the progressive tense with 'Be' verb, which is an epitome of stative verbs.
    So, when it is used in a progressive form, it means something else than its ordinary meaning.

    if that is being a member... means 'if that is behaving as a member...'.

    Another example:
    She is being silly. = She is behaving as a silly girl.

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    Re: if that is being a member...

    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    One does not usually use the progressive tense with 'Be' verb, which is an epitome of stative verbs.
    So, when it is used in a progressive form, it means something else than its ordinary meaning.

    if that is being a member... means 'if that is behaving as a member...'.

    Another example:
    She is being silly. = She is behaving as a silly girl.
    It means "If that is what you mean by being a member of a proud, aristocratic family ..." or "If that is the description of someone who is a member of a proud, aristocratic family ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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