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    Fool that I am.

    Fool that I am.

    What's the meaning of `that`?
    And is the word `Fool` a noun?



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    Re: Fool that I am.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldfishLord View Post
    And is the word `Fool` a noun?
    Welcome to the Forum, Goldfish,

    A look at any dictionary would have told you that. See, for instance: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...y/english/fool

    Please bookmark http://onelook.com/browse.shtml for future reference.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Fool that I am.

    To be fair, "fool" is both a noun and a verb. The unusual (but correct) construction of the original sentence probably didn't help the OP decide which one was being used.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Fool that I am.

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    Great question, Goldfish.

    I have found some information that may interest you and other learners.

    1. "Fool that he was, he managed to evade [escape] his pursuers [people chasing him]."

    a. According to four scholars, that is a very elegant way to say, "Even though he was a fool, he managed to evade his pursuers."

    2. Another scholar gives this sentence: "Idiot that I am, I forgot the tickets!"

    a. The scholar says that this word order is "sometimes used in clauses of cause."

    He does not tell us what that sentence means, but I have read that in such sentences, the relative pronoun "that" is being used as a conjunction. Something like the word "as (because)":

    So that sentence probably means something like: "As I am (an) idiot, I forgot the tickets."


    Credit: Those four scholars (Quirk and three others) wrote A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985 edition), pages 1098 and 1107; the other scholar is Paul Roberts in his Understanding English (1954), page 328.

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    Re: Fool that I am.

    This is very useful reply. but I couldn't find this information in dictionaries. why is there no information for this in dictionaries?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Apr-2016 at 07:43.

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    Re: Fool that I am.

    Dictionaries are designed only to give the definition of a word (or definitions), and to tell you whether they are a noun, verb, adjective etc. It is impossible for dictionaries to give every example of the use of a word or a phrase. For that, you need a good grammar book (preferably more than one) and possibly a teacher of conversational English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Fool that I am.

    If you look up a word or phrase at fraze.it, you will usually find dozens of examples that show you how it is used, and you can often get a very good idea of what it means.

    Unfortunately, for this phrase, fraze.it has only four example sentences (http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22fool+that+I+am%22&l=0), so it might not have helped you much, but it's worth remembering the site for the future.

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