that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is

    Punctuate this. Don't cheat!

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    That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.


    OK I kinda cheated... I do this to the kids I teach all the time.. It is funny. The one who have analitical minds will put it together, the one who are more abstrac thinkers think I am insane.. LOL

    Jenn, to make up for cheating, tell us the name of the movie that made these sentences famous.

    If possible, tell us what grammatical purposes the first two "that" fall under.

    Again, do NOT seek help.
    You must not do that.

    >Jenn:    The movie that made this punctuation famous was Charly by Cliff Robertson in 1968. He won an Academy Award for this role.  He also played John F. Kennedy in PT109.

    Charly is a 1968 American film directed by Ralph Nelson. The drama stars Cliff Robertson (in an Academy Award-winning performance), Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney and Dick Van Patten and tells the story of a mentally challenged bakery worker who is the subject of an experiment to increase human intelligence. The movie was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.


    About a mentally retarded man who was given an experimental drug that made him a genius, but then became retarded again. It was based on a novel called "Flowers for Algernon."

    Wow I have no idea.. I didnt ever realize it was in a movie.


    Can anybody help Jenn? I think I saw it a long time ago.

    Hint #1: C.R. are the initials of this famous actor and he was subsequently banned from Hollywood for speaking out.
    ok, if you say so!

    no, no, no, no... don't take what I say literally. lol!

    That? That is. Is that, that? Is not. Is. Is not. Is that, that, it? it is.


    Jenn's answer is correct, albeit with a little peeking.

    She did not say she peeked. She said she has experience with this because she teaches it to her students. That's what she meant by a "little" cheating, she knew from teacher's experience. Something the rest here do not have.


    Eggplant, you were very close.  Let's see if I can make sense out of this.


    The first "that" is known today as a determiner or demonstrative adjective as in "That book or that girl."

    The second "that" is your ordinary pronoun.  Hence,

    "That that is, is" simply means whatever it is, is (something like que sera sera), and so on.

    That that is, is.  That that is not, is not.  Is that it?  It is.





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