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Please correct the given sentence:

Looking at the past retrospectively can reveal the true worth of many things - people we have met, things done, relationships, and most importantly, your very own self.
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I find nothing wrong with it.

CB
Hi CB

Is the use of word 'things' justified here? Can people be regarded as things? I hope you understand what is troubling me.

Thanks for the help.
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... things [that we have] done... People are not regarded as things in the sentence.

CB
Looking at the past retrospectively can reveal the true worth of many things - people we have met, things done, relationships, and most importantly, your very own self.
The speaker first says, 'can reveal the true worth of many things', and then goes on to explain what things he is possibly referring to... Then, doesn't it seem 'people' are regarded as 'things'? I'm not saying the sentence is wrong - I'm just alluding to the fact that sometimes things get messes up when seen very closely. 'people we have met', I believe the speaker here is not talking about the 'physical' beings of those individuals rather their intangible aspects such as their nature, what kind person they were, in short their inner psychological being. I just checked M-W entry on 'thing ', it can mean invidual in some constructions, 8th definition. What do you say? Please let me know.
Hi,

Please correct the given sentence:

Looking at the past retrospectively can reveal the true worth of many things - people we have met, things done, relationships, and most importantly, our your very own selves self.

Looking at the past retrospectively This seems redundant. How else can you look at the past?

Clive
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CliveLooking at the past retrospectively This seems redundant. How else can you look at the past?
Hi

Sometimes, redundancy is on purpose - used to add more meaning, enhance the quality, feeling, and sometimes to serve the role of an intensifier. I recall once I created a thread on this issue - a quote from some novel prompted this. By using 'retrospectively', the speaker is giving the sense of looking at the things objectively from a critical point of view. This is just my humble opinion. Please let me know your take on this.

Best wishes
Jack
Hi,

I don't disagree.Emotion: smile

Clive
Thanks a lot for letting me know this!
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