1. Chaos Inc.

    Chaos Inc. Active Member

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    All there was was

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Chaos Inc., Jun 24, 2014.

    I've run into this combination of words before but I've simply changed what I was writing to avoid this. There's clearly a better way to write this meaning. So what is it?

    "All there is, is love."

    "All there was, was love"

    Is is a matter of the comma?
     
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  2. thirdwind

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    You could rewrite it as "All that existed was love."

    If you're going with what you have, I wouldn't put the comma there. Treat it like you would "that that," which also has no comma.
     
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    "There was only love"?

    Or possibly, "Love was all there was." Though that one seems almost as clumsy as the original.
     
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    "There was nothing but love"?

    That would work for me.
     
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    Replace "all there is" with "_____".

    "Love is _____."
    "_____ is love."

    Without the fact that it just feels awkward to write the same word twice in a row, there is no reason to use a comma.

    "All there is is love" is valid.

    However, my favorite way to say this is probably "There is only love."
     
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    Double words are always problematic in writing. He had had measles before. Of course you can use a contraction in this case. He'd had measles before.

    I'd say just work out a different way to say it, if you can. All that remains is love. Something like that.
     
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    "Love remained, and nothing more."
     
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