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    Smile Everyone is silence

    Everyone in the class is silence.
    Everyone in the class is a good student.


    I presume the first of the above two does work. But how do you explain away that it doesn't work while the second sentence with a similar pattern does sound right and good. Thanks.

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    Re: Everyone is silence

    "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" is a sentence composed by Noam Chomsky in 1957 as an example of a sentence whose grammar is correct but whose ... Read more here Colorless green ideas sleep furiously - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Everyone is silence

    silence (n.) the absence of any sound or noise; stillness. People can be described as (being) silent and even as silence, but that would be a personification; e.g., People are silence.

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    Re: Everyone is silence

    Thanks, Soup.
    I like your answers all the time but not this time.
    I think you didn't hit the bull's eyes.
    Ok, I'll explain more about my question. Note the following:


    Everyone in the class is silence.
    Everyone in the class is silent.
    Everyone in the class is a good student.
    Everyone in the class is good.

    Do you notice the problem? Why is it that only the first one is wrong but the rest are correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    silence (n.) the absence of any sound or noise; stillness. People can be described as (being) silent and even as silence, but that would be a personification; e.g., People are silence.
    Concurred! This one hits the target! Well done! Soup.

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    Re: Everyone is silence

    You have an abstract noun there with silence. You could be being very poetic and use it like Soup said, just like I could say "My daughter is my happiness" but it's not common. Pick a concrete noun and grammatically it works better, even if it doesn't work better semantically.

    [not a teacher]

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    Smile Re: Everyone is silence

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You have an abstract noun there with silence. You could be being very poetic and use it like Soup said, just like I could say "My daughter is my happiness" but it's not common. Pick a concrete noun and grammatically it works better, even if it doesn't work better semantically.

    [not a teacher]
    Thanks, Barb, for the extra info.
    I like your sample--My daughter is my happiness.

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