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A verbal challenge!
Posted: 25 August 2005 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I just wrote a comment on the main page that included two that’s in a row-“that that,” and it reminded me of a verbavore challenge to write a grammatically sound sentence with five “that’s” in a row.  Let’s see if any of you can do it!

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Soldier: This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.
Fry: And then the battle is not so bad?
Soldier: Oh, right. I forgot about the battle.

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Posted: 26 August 2005 12:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I can do it, but I don’t want to solve this right away and spoil it for everybody else.  Here’s a link to my answer, so nobody else has to see it if they don’t want to.

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“If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts.”

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Posted: 26 August 2005 06:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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That ‘that that’ that that guy used in his sentence is actually the correct way to say what he wanted to say!

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I wrote it down then felt guilty for spilling it for everyone else so I used some white-out, but it’s there. If you want to see it then highlight and drag over it and it’ll show up against the dark background!

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Posted: 26 August 2005 06:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Mark-N-Jen - 26 August 2005 10:18 AM

I wrote it down then felt guilty for spilling it for everyone else.

Very good, now do six (yes, it is possible).

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Posted: 26 August 2005 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Okay, here goes:

I didn’t know that that “that that” that that CP fellow was talking about was going to start all this.

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All the angels must be snoring.  Who could stand perfection for eternity?

Not me. - George Hrab

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Posted: 26 August 2005 08:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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And just for fun:

Did you know that that ‘that that’ that that ‘that that’ guy was talking about would lead to 8 in a row?

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Heaven must be really boring, if you think about it logically.
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Posted: 26 August 2005 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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All very good.  The “that that that that that” that I was thinking about, however, went more like this:
The student asked the teacher about a “that” in a sentence he wrote, and the teacher told the student that that “that” that that student used was correct.
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Soldier: Oh, right. I forgot about the battle.

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Posted: 26 August 2005 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I guess if I declared myself the “that that that that that” guy we could do Charybdis’s with 14!
i.e. “[color=white]Did you know that that

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Posted: 26 August 2005 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Yeah, as long as you allow quotations it gets ridiculous.

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Posted: 26 August 2005 12:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Charybdis - 26 August 2005 02:58 PM

Yeah, as long as you allow quotations it gets rediculous.


F’r'instance: -

That that “that that that that that that that [ x 1000] that that” that that “that that” was replaced with in MnJ’s original answer makes the whole thing ungrammatical should be obvious to everybody!

I was going to keep ramping up the “that"s (to the point of absurdity), but y’all beat me to it.

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Posted: 26 August 2005 12:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Not ungramatical, David B.  Just unrational.

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Soldier: This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.
Fry: And then the battle is not so bad?
Soldier: Oh, right. I forgot about the battle.

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