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  1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    28 Jan '13 06:541 edit
    One for Kewpie

    Punctuation Puzzle?


    Will she be able to correctly punctuate these two series of words?

    1) That that is is that that is not is not is not that it it is

    2) John where James had had had had had had had had had had had the teacher's approval

    Solution (No peeky):Reveal Hidden Content
    http://www.englishforums.com/English/PunctuationPuzzle/dwknr/post.htm... (J Lewis, English Forums)

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  2. SubscriberKewpie
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    28 Jan '13 07:081 edit
    Both of these are ancient, and have been appearing in puzzles since the year dot. Once learned, never forgotten. We even saw them appearing in primary school English classes. Must be a nightmare for ESOL students though.

    1) That that is, is; that that is not, is not. Is not that it? It is.
    {the semi-colon often used to be rendered as a simple comma, but I liked the semi-colon there because it represents a slightly longer space when read aloud.}

    2) John, where James had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had the teacher's approval.
    {the first sentence is the longest series of repeated words that I can recall ever seeing in a sentence (7).}

    Didn't look at your hidden symbol, didn't need to. Unless maybe I've done a typo, in which case pride goeth before a fall, which I seem to remember is a misquote in itself. 🙂
  3. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    29 Jan '13 04:37
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    Both of these are ancient, and have been appearing in puzzles since the year dot. Once learned, never forgotten. We even saw them appearing in primary school English classes. Must be a nightmare for ESOL students though.

    1) That that is, is; that that is not, is not. Is not that it? It is.
    {the semi-colon often used to be rendered as a simple comma, ...[text shortened]... i]pride goeth before a fall[/i], which I seem to remember is a misquote in itself. 🙂
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    30 Jan '13 13:38
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
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    Some joker wrote it was for Kewpie 😉
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    31 Jan '13 06:41
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]One for Kewpie

    Punctuation Puzzle?


    Will she be able to correctly punctuate these two series of words?

    1) That that is is that that is not is not is not that it it is

    2) John where James had had had had had had had had had had had the teacher's approval

    Solution (No peeky):[hidden]http://www.englishforums.com/English/PunctuationPuzzle/dwknr/post.htm... (J Lewis, English Forums)[/hidden]
    .[/b]
    I read this for about five seconds, then my eyes crossed and I think I had an aneurysm. Don't do that again.
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