double copula
Definition - Using two successive copulas, such as is or was, when only one is necessary.

Usage:

1. Don't use a double copula if the subject doesn't contain a copula.

My belief is is that you suck. (bad)
My belief is that you suck. (good)
Here the phrase My belief is the subject, so it only needs one copula.

2. Use a double copula if the subject of the sentence contains a copula.

What my belief is is that you suck.
In the above, the subject is the phrase What my belief is and the predicate is the phrase is that you suck.



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1. It might be interesting to note that in cases where the subject of the sentence contains a copula, it is possible to offset the slightly confusing subject with a comma. For example,
What my belief is, is that you suck.
I've seen this done in English, but I believe that it's more common in other European languages. Also note that it's an anomaly in that you rarely put a comma between the subject and the predicate.
[Author note: Is it true that the Godfather Parts I and II are double Coppolas?]
(Jack Ognistoff)



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