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    They are computers.

    I am trying to think of some contexts for the sentence They are computers other than the following:
    1) Somebody (an elementary school teacher or a parent) is showing a picture of computers to elementary school children asking 'What are these?' (The children: They are computers!)
    2) Somebody (maybe a TV show presenter or a teacher again) has made up a riddle, e.g. 'These devices were invented in the mid 1970s and they have become the most empowering tools we've ever created'. (The schoolchildren: They are computers!)

    My question is: Are there other possible contexts, quite different from the ones I've given? Is the use of this type of sentence limited to only two maijor types of contexts that I have given?



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    Re: They are computers.

    Have you seen the movie Hidden Figures? It's about (black) women doing mathematical calculations in the early stages of America's space program. Those women could be called computers.

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    Re: They are computers.

    People who did calculations were called computers. You could show them an image of one of Babbage's machine: http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/

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