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    What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    I watched the movie "The night watch"(2011). In that movie, I can't understand the last sentence.

    Someone once said a happy ending depends on where you decide to stop your story.
    Then again, it could be when you realize your story is not yet over, that you are only at the end of the beginning.

    Does that connected with realize? Does that means your story? Also, I can't understand "you are only at the end of the beginning" clearly, either.

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    Re: What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    Yes, "that" connects with "realize". The end means that when the story ends, it is really not over. There is more to come.

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    Re: What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by realam View Post
    Also, I can't understand "you are only at the end of the beginning" clearly, either.
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    Your story can have many parts, which the beginning is the first part. "You are at the end of the beginning," means you have just finished the first part. The second part is yet to come.
    I hope it'll help.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    Thanks. Both of you. It helped me a lot.

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    Re: What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by realam View Post
    "It could be when you realize your story is not yet over, that you are only at the end of the beginning."

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    Maybe that sentence is short for:


    "It could be when you realize (that) your story is not over (and) that you are only at the beginning."


    A comma can sometimes be a substitute for the word "and."

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    Re: What does "that" mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by realam View Post
    Then again, it could be when you realize your story is not yet over, that you are only at the end of the beginning.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    A comma can sometimes be a substitute for the word "and."
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    Actually, I disagree. In my opinion, this sentence utilized the parallel structure where "your story is not yet over" is paralleled by "that you are only at the end of the beginning". The latter helps to elucidate the former.
    Am I wrong?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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