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    I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    Hi, everyone.

    The following sentence was sent to me by a friend.

    I met you is the most fortunate.

    My friend thought it's merely another way of writing It is the most fortunate (that) I met you and therefore correct.

    I thought the sentence was not grammartical on the ground that I had tried to put It is most fortunate that and It is the most fortunate that in quotation marks and both Google and Bing had showed no results for the latter.

    In addition, I thought the sentence was not complete. It should be corrected as (That) I met you is the most fortunate thing.

    I'd like to hear your opinions.

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    Neither of your friend's two sentences are correct or grammatical. The first one is meaningless. The second one, while ungrammatical, is at least understandable.

    "It is most fortunate that I met you" would be the grammatical version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post

    In addition, I thought the sentence was not complete. It should be corrected as (That) I met you is the most fortunate thing.
    Sorry, I overlooked this somehow. I agree with your suggested correction.
    Last edited by Skrej; 24-Aug-2016 at 17:53.
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    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    (That) I met you is the most fortunate thing.
    When I saw the above, I thought of the following:
    'The most fortunate thing is that I met you.'
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    #4

    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    I'm lucky to have met you.

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    #5

    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    In "the most fortunate thing", 'most' signifies a superlative. There is nothing more fortunate. However, in "It is most fortunate that I met you", 'most' simply means "very".

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    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    I am fortunate/lucky to have met you.

    I find using the superlative, "most fortunate", a bit pretentious. "Lucky" sounds sincere and less formal.
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    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Google and Bing had showed no results for the latter.
    The past participle of 'show' is 'shown'.
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    #8

    Re: I met you is the most fortunate. Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I find using the superlative, "most fortunate", a bit pretentious.
    It's natural enough for quite a few native speakers.
    "Lucky" sounds sincere and less formal.
    I detect no insincerity in 'fortunate'.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Aug-2016 at 07:30.

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