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    Every Word...

    Hi, could you check the sentence whether it is grammatically correct and makes sense?

    Every word that is said when drunk was thought when sober.

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    Re: Every Word...

    I would remove "that is" and probably add "of".

    Every word said when drunk was thought of when sober.

    How about "Every drunken word started off as a sober thought"? (I don't agree with it as a fact but it's grammatically correct.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Every Word...

    I don't agree either. How would you remove "that is"? Is it not the passive subject?

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    Re: Every Word...

    ems has removed "that is". "Every word said when drunk was thought of when sober." It's an ellipsis. "Every word that is said" = "Every word said".
    Another example: "Every question asked will be answered."

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    I think here is the answer, thanks.

    2. When the relative clause contains a present or past participle and the auxiliary verb to be. In such cases both relative pronoun and auxiliary can be left out.

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    #6

    Re: Every Word...

    Yes, that's an explanation of the rule behind it, but it's not the answer to your question: 'How would you remove "that is"?'

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    #7

    Re: Every Word...

    What's the answer to my question then?

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    Re: Every Word...

    If you ask someone "How would you do XXX?", that suggests they have not yet done XXX, or you're asking for their advice on how you could do it.
    I had already omitted "that is" in my original response. You could have asked me "Why did you omit ...?" or "How was it possible for you to ...?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Every Word...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    .... you're asking for their advice on how you could do it.
    That was not what I meant by "How would you"?

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    Re: Every Word...

    Perhaps not, but that is how that question is understood.

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