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How is it that I am?

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How is it that I am?

santeewelding
No luck with Google. Or, for that matter, Wolfram Alpha and the Library of Congress.

I would RTFM, but it is not to be had.

Work it out for me, would you.
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CharlieSpencer
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Before asking, "How?", start with, "What?"

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santeewelding
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Is the transitive form of the question. "How" is the intransitive.

The transitive has more answers than you can shake a stick at. The intransitive -- none.

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CharlieSpencer
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"Fine, thanks. And you?"

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santeewelding
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With "fine" you bring an "outside" standard.

I have realized in my thinking that: how I am holds for all that is, meaning there's no going outside for an answer -- not for me; not for you; not for anyone.

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AnsuGisalas
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Reflexives, automatives, passives.
That you are - you are, and being you, you being, is how you are being.

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santeewelding
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I think you are the only one, in all my time here, who has picked up on it, my having mentioned the intransitive more than once.

I will think on it, as I did before my last to you, before crafting and responding.

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OH Smeg
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While you're welcome to think that way Santee maybe there is another alternative that no one else has mentioned this previously. Like

You don't need any engorgement to continue your wicked ways. :^0

Col

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AnsuGisalas
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Of having learned finnish.
Now, finnish doesn't use different markings for automatives, reflectives and passives, but the learner at some point will have to face the differences in meaning, if they get that far.

Automative covers the meaning of the formally active verb "come" in the example "water kept coming through the hole in the hull". There's no placement of blame, for one, no intent on the part of the water.

Reflexive covers both "run"-type meanings ("See jack run") and "itself"-types ("the deadly ouroborous serpent buries itself in the loose sand"). There is intent on the part of the one taking action.

Passives of the finnish type don't usually exist in english as independent verbs - instead, they're the intransitive subset of an otherwise transitive verb's usages.
Like "broke", in "he was about to tell me whom he suspected, when the connection broke".
This is different from the normal english passive "the connection was broken" which (in this case) implies a background intentional activity (someone broke it).
An unnamed perpetrator is not always the case, as in "He was killed in an car-accident" which differs from "He was killed in a knife-fight" which differs from "He was killed by his wife"... the difference is in terms of accusation.

etu+boss

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neilb@uk
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evaluate the wave function of the Universe and there you are.

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santeewelding
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Doesn't hack it. Take you and your statement, for example. Not even the Indian dieties could figure your *** out.