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    This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Hi
    Are these common expression? And are they grammatical?

    This is the real me.

    This is what I real am.

    Before asking my question, I posted it on another forum. Some guy said "This is what I real am. (X) . | . This is what/who I really am .(O)".

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    In fact, I have watched these sentences from Shrek. The scene is that Fiona shows how she looks in the sunlight, and then she turns out female ogre(?).
    And then she says "This is the real me".

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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    The first sentence is grammatical. I don't know that it's particularly common, but it's natural enough in the limited context you'd need to use it.

    The second one is not grammatical. The feedback you received on the other forum is correct - you need the adverb form of 'really'.

    Like the first sentence, I wouldn't say the corrected second sentence is particularly common, but it's natural enough within the right context.
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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    Hi
    Are these common expressions?

    They're common enough.


    And are they grammatical?

    This is the real me.
    This is who I really am.

    Before asking my question here, I posted it on another forum. Some guy said "This is what I real am. (X) . | . This is what/who I really am .(O)".

    X? O?

    When you say "Some guy," it sounds disparaging. That's okay, as long as you really meant it that way. I'm just making sure you know that.


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    In fact, I have heard these sentences in Shrek. The scene is that Fiona shows how she looks in the sunlight, and then she turns out to be female ogre.

    And then she says "This is the real me".
    It's more natural to say who I am rather than what I am. But since she's not human, what can make sense, too.
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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    You posted the same thread here.

    Please do not post the same question simultaneously to more than one forum. Doing so wastes our valuable time. Instead, post your question to one forum and wait for replies. If you're not satisfied with those replies, you can try another forum, but please indicate in your thread that you've already asked the same question elsewhere (provide a link), and outline why you were not satisfied with the answers you received already.
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    EDIT: To be fair, I've just noticed that you actually did mention the other forum in post #1, but you didn't post a link to it.

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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Yeap even though I copied and pasted the website link, it looked like it didn't work. Just right now I've noticed that. I should have double checked if the website link was exactly pasted. Next time, I will do it. Sorry for my being careless.

    Anyway the reason why I was not satisfied with someone's answer I received is that I somehow wanted to know why this [This is what I real am] is wrong.
    Now, everything about my question became clear thank to your replies.
    Thank you so much. :)

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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    Anyway the reason why I was not satisfied with someone's any of the answers I received is that I somehow wanted to know why this [ "This is what I real am" ] is wrong.
    See above. Never say or write "the reason why". Never use square brackets, parentheses ("brackets" in British English), or any other non-standard punctuation to mark quoted text. Use single or double quotation marks (but be consistent) or italics.

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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Okay. Though this is out of question, I am wondering why you said " Never say or write 'the reason why' ".
    Because I have seen many sentences like the above so far.

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    • Give me one good reason why I should help you.
    • I'd like to know the reason why you're so late.
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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    I think members differ considerably in our tastes for reason why.

    Give me one good reason why I should help you.

    I wonder whether people think the above use is any more or less acceptable than any others.

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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

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    Give me one good reason why I should help you.

    I wonder whether people think the above use is any more or less acceptable than any others.
    That's fine, but it doesn't say the reason why.
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    Re: This is the real me / This is what I real am.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    Though this isn't related to my out of question, I am wondering why you said "Never say or write 'the reason why'".
    Because I have seen many sentences like the above so far following:
    See above. Don't put a space after an opening quotation mark or before a closing one.
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