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    What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character...]

    Hello,

    I can't perceive the meaning of the following text highlighted. would you please explain it?

    Next as Bogie in Play It Again, Sam, Wincott showed early on in his acting career that he was committed to any character he played.

    The source of the above text.

    Thank you in advance.
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    #2

    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    I can't help feeling that you've been asked before to cite the source and author of quoted text.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can't help feeling that you've been asked before to cite the source and author of quoted text.
    I edited my first post and added the source of the original text.

    What's the meaning of "I can't help feeling?"

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    #4

    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    I edited my first post and added the source of the original text.

    What's the meaning of "I can't help feeling?"

    I can't help feeling = I can't stop feeling

    not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    I know what does "Committed" mean but I don't like the way which it has been used in the original text. I can't connect with the sense of it in the text. Maybe my problem is conjunction "That." I don't know how to explain it. See the following instantiation:

    Next as Bogie in Play It Again, Sam, Wincott showed early on in his acting career. As an enthusiast actor he was always committed to any character he played.
    I don't know why I think the second part of the original text is even somehow ungrammatical.


    I have not understood the meaning of "I can't help feeling" yet, although I saw the links which you provided in your post.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    I cannot see the conjunction 'That' in the quoted text. What's your confusion?

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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I cannot see the conjunction 'That' in the quoted text. What's your confusion?
    Next as Bogie in Play It Again, Sam, Wincott showed early on in his acting career that he was committed to any character he played.

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    #9

    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    I was referring to your post #6. I'm sorry about that.

    The that-clause in the original is the object of the verb 'showed':

    ... showed (early on in his acting career) that ...


    I hope it helps.


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    Re: What is the meaning of this part of the text [he was committed to any character..

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I was referring to your post #6. I'm sorry about that.

    The that-clause in the original is the object of the verb 'showed':

    ... showed (early on in his acting career) that ...


    I hope it helps.

    Well, in the post #6 I rephrased the original text in the way that I would wrote If I were the author.

    In a film, each actor can play just a role. The original text says that Jeff Wincott played as the character "Bogie" in the film "Play It Again, Sam." If we use conjunction "that" to connect the subordinate clause to the original clause then it would be nonsense. Why? Because "any character" in the second sentence means "every character" while in the first sentence the text says that Wincott just only played a role. So, I guess these two sentences cannot be connected by a conjunction and must be separated as I wrote in the post #6.


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