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Thread poster: xxxmediamatrix
xxxmediamatrix
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May 26, 2006

... or, better still, translate it into their native language?

john where jack had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers preference


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:35
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It just needs punctuation May 26, 2006

and then it makes sense

(I would imagine that you could only come up with something similar in a language which, like English, has a limited number of different forms for a given verb)


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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One solution May 26, 2006

I suppose it isn't fair to say "yes", then not explain.

Imagine a school exercise with the question "why did you stop eating?" to which the teacher's preferred answer is "because I had had enough", rather than "because I had enough". In explaining 2 boys' answers:

John, where Jack had had "had had", had had "had"; "had had" had had the teacher's preference.

It also works with ..."had" & "had had" - either boy may been right


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Then again.... May 26, 2006

If both boys had had had had had had would have been the only option.

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Bilore  Identity Verified
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for French speakers.... May 26, 2006

John, where Jack had had "had had", had had "had"; "had had" had had the teacher's preference.

would be something liket that in French:

John, là ou Jack avait utilisé "avait eu", avait utilisé "avait" et "avait eu" avait eu la préférence du professeur.

of course you loose the funny and "confused" aspect of the English!



[Edited at 2006-05-26 19:11]


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xxxdf49f
France
Local time: 06:35
how about getting it machine translated? May 26, 2006

perfect example of something impossible to translate/decode properly by machine translation (even Google's new machine)!

let's try in French, we'd get something like this:

john where jack had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers preference

john où jack avait avait avait avait avait avait avait avait...etc... avait les professeurs préférence

(note: don't even try decoding... it's perfectly meaningless! not to mention that the computer might have ended up choosing the plural "avaient" to fit the plural "professeurs" which of course it would have failed to decode into "professor's")

ok you get my message!!

dominique

[Edited at 2006-05-26 23:22]


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writeaway  Identity Verified

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Wonderful! May 26, 2006

Jack Doughty wrote:

If both boys had had had had had had would have been the only option.


Thanks Jack!


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Ricki Farn
Germany
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German May 27, 2006

In German, it is:
Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen nach.

(If some flies fly after some other flies, then flies fly behind flies.)
Also works for Robben (seals) and probably some other animals.

Does that count as a translation?


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Another French version... May 27, 2006

''Chez les papous, 'ya des papous à poux, et des papous pas à poux... Mais chez les papous, y'a des papous papas et des papous pas papas... Donc chez les papous, y'a des papous papas à poux, des papous papas pas à poux... des papous pas papas à poux et des papous pas papas pas à poux... Mais chez les poux, y'a des poux papas et des poux pas papas... Donc chez les papous, y'a des papous papas à poux papas, des papous papas à poux pas papas, des papous pas papas à poux papas et des papous pas papas à poux pas papas''

Gaston Lagaffe


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