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    Taka is offline Senior Member
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    question!

    This is from the movie The Last Samurai:

    This is Katsumoto's sword. He would have wanted you to have it...that the strength of the Samurai be with you always.

    What is "that" there above? I think it leads a noun-clause, but I don't know the function of it; which word(s) or phrase does it modify?

    Or is there an implied word before "that", such as "hoping"? If there is, is such usage quite common in English?

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    I'd say it means 'so that the strength of the Samurai might be with you always'. It's not a common style- it's deliberately rhetorical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say it means 'so that the strength of the Samurai might be with you always'. It's not a common style- it's deliberately rhetorical. ;-)
    Ah! "so that"! I didn't come up with that idea.

    Thank you very much, tdol!

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    You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say it means 'so that the strength of the Samurai might be with you always'. It's not a common style- it's deliberately rhetorical.
    Ah! "so that"! I didn't come up with that idea.

    Thank you very much, tdol!
    I agree that "so that" is a reasonable explanation. The use of "that" in your construction is often used for desires of the speaker. You will hear it in older toasts: That your fields produce much wheat.

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