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  1. cowboymathu's Avatar

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    is a...is a...is a...is a

    I read this sentence from a news paper that "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose". As mentioned there it must be a popular quote but I doubt on the grammar of this. Could someone make me understand? If it is correct give me some more similar sentences which can be used in day to day life.

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    Re: is a...is a...is a...is a

    It's a quotation from a poem written in 1913 by an American modernist poet called Gertrude Stein. (There's a website all about her on Gertrude Stein Online )

    She had a very odd relationship with grammar and as a poet was interested in exploring the effects of disrupting the normal patterns of language use.

    As with most poetry, it sounds a bit peculiar if you start to use it in everyday English!

  3. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: is a...is a...is a...is a

    Quote Originally Posted by Clare James View Post
    It's a quotation from a poem written in 1913 by an American modernist poet called Gertrude Stein.
    Ah, Gertrude Stein -- she was the one who didn't believe in punctuation, wasn't she?

    As a matter of fact, this construction is occasionally used to mean: "You can't differentiate between different types of this object," although we normally only say it two or three times.

    For example, "A rose is a rose is a rose" would mean, "All roses are the same".

  4. cowboymathu's Avatar

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    Re: is a...is a...is a...is a

    Thanks for your valuable replys.

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