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    #1

    omitting be+noun phrase

    We met the man.He is a professional chess player
    We met the man who is a professional chess player
    We met the man that is a professional chess player

    1-) Question: We can't reduce this sentence like in 'We met the man a professional chess player', can we?
    2-) Question: We cannot reduce any sentence we want just seeing it has the structure 'be+noun phrase'.We should decide to reduce the relative sentence or not according to its meaning and naturality, right?
    3-) We can say the reason why we cannot reduce this sentence is that 'it sounds unnatural', right?

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    Re: omitting be+noun phrase

    Yes, yes, and yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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