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    Grammatically correct word repetition.

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    I am inclined to leave the sentence this way just for the fun of it.

    "What wind we had had had been from the stern." :)
     
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    As a kid, my English teacher gave us a sentence. "I would say that that that, that that should be in italics."
     
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    Did you watch the award ceremony for UK documentaries released this year? That World War I one won one award... OK that's possibly cheating because it's not really the same word :rolleyes:
     
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    James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher

    :)
     
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    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

    Yes, that is a perfectly valid English sentence.
     
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    Everyone (except Ed) is pretty familiar with the classics. "Had had" "that that" "Buffalo buffalo". Are there any style guides about this kind of thing? It comes up in normal speech all the time but inevitably looks a little odd in writing. A couple people have told me it is a faux pas in written English.
     
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    I've not heard of "Buffalo buffalo" except in answer to the question, "Who do you like in the Jets-Bills game this Sunday?"
     
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    Police police Police police police police Police police. (Police is a city in Poland.)

    Will, will Will will Will Will's will?
     
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    After about three words in, it starts to lose all meaning. Then I start to question the spelling of police. :)
     
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    Thurber once wrote of a similar experience. He awoke in the middle of the night and suddenly couldn't remember the name Perth Amboy. "I began to indulge in the wildest fancies as I lay there in the dark, such as there was no such town and even that there was no such state as New Jersey. I fell to repeating the name 'Jersey' over and over again, until it became idiotic and meaningless. If you have ever lain awake at night and repeated one word over and over, thousands and millions of times, you know the disturbing mental state you can get into." (from "More Alarms At Night")
     
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