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Is it correct ?
Message from lamar posted on 10-12-2009 at 05:17:40 (D | E | F)
I want to ask you about this sentence:
" You and I are born equal but also different."
I think it's wrong to use two verbs " are born"
correct to me, please ...
Re: Is it correct ? from seb06000, posted on 10-12-2009 at 05:26:59 (D | E)
It's not wrong at all:
Born is a perfect form (3rd column of the irregular verbs,participe passť)that can be used after an auxiliary ( to have or to be)
Here it is an expression 'to be born'
So nothing wrong about it!
Ask for any detail!
Re: Is it correct ? from lamar, posted on 10-12-2009 at 05:38:57 (D | E)
ok.. can you correct it to me??
Re: Is it correct ? from seb06000, posted on 10-12-2009 at 05:53:40 (D | E)
There is nothing to correct! I just explained you that the sentence was correct!
Re: Is it correct ? from babinah, posted on 10-12-2009 at 06:26:49 (D | E)
I think it's ok !
Re: Is it correct ? from lamar, posted on 10-12-2009 at 22:34:23 (D | E)
Thanks a millions.
Re: Is it correct ? from gerondif, posted on 11-12-2009 at 00:13:07 (D | E)
Normally, you were born in the past, you would only use "I am born" when you mean that a new life begins for you now, after some illness or something.
Ah ! I am now out of the hospital ! I am born again !
Re: Is it correct ? from abdusilmi, posted on 11-12-2009 at 00:45:15 (D | E)
I think yo should say " you and I were born equal and also different" because you were born in the past
Re: Is it correct ? from angel_peace, posted on 11-12-2009 at 09:02:14 (D | E)
hi... mind me as well to post my comment... I'm agree with abdusilmi, it's a past tense so it just necessary to use were instead of are... but let me rephrase your sentence if you don't mind... " you and I were born equal and also different"- this sentence is grammatically correct. But it's better if your sentence runs this way, " you and I were born equal yet different" just to show contrast...
Re: Is it correct ? from krnntp, posted on 13-12-2009 at 04:20:30 (D | E)
I speak English natively, and the sentence, "You and I are born equal but also different" sounds o.k. to me.
I would read it as
You and I are born equal but [you and I are] also different.
...where born equal is an adjectival phrase, and different is an adjective.
You have to say, "I was born in Germany"; here, to be born is a verb.
But it's perfectly ok to say "I am German born". Here, German born is used as an adjective and the present tense is fine: the speaker IS somebody born in Germany.
German born can be written with or without a hyphen. Granted, without a hyphen is more archaic and literary, but it's still good English and does not need to be "corrected". In the same way there is an old expression "to the manner born", no hyphens, which can be used in the present tense as well as past.
Hamlet Act I, scene 4: William Shakespeare
But to my mind, though I am native here / and to the manner born, ...
Edited by krnntp on 13-12-2009 04:21
Edited by traviskidd on 13-12-2009 05:18
hyphens in "German-born"
Edited by lucile83 on 13-12-2009 08:58
upper case in "English"
Edited by krnntp on 19-12-2009 12:08
Re: Is it correct ? from may, posted on 16-12-2009 at 12:39:27 (D | E)
"You and I are born equal but also different". The present tense used in this sentence is correct, as it should be. We are born equal, as a matter of fact! It's not the answer for the question " where were you born"?
Have a nice day,
Re: Is it correct ? from lamar, posted on 17-12-2009 at 00:07:26 (D | E)
seb06000 , babinah , gerondif, abdusilmi, angel_peace, krnntp, may
Thanks a lot for being here and answer me .
You're great people.
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