What is the grammar of the sentence "this is not some science fiction movie come to life."

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The sentence is:

This is not some science fiction movie come to life.

Is this sentence grammatically right? If this sentence is right, please tell me what the grammatical rule about the word come is, why does it use form come rather than the others like to come.

Thanks in advance!

Darcy

Posted 2020-03-11T12:59:42.603

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7"Come to life" is a past-participial clause modifying "movie", It has the same meaning as the relative clause "that has come to life". – BillJ – 2020-03-11T14:35:03.037

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The verb come has an irregular past participle, which is also come. It is being used in your example as a past participle.

Justin

Posted 2020-03-11T12:59:42.603

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"come to life" refers to: "to make something more real or exciting, or to become more real or exciting."

"Come to life" is an idiom, which is "a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light )."

The sentence is grammatically correct and you can think about it as a short version of: "This is not some science fiction movie that has come to life."

Jan

Posted 2020-03-11T12:59:42.603

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5Arguably we should understand it not as “…that has come to life” but rather as “…that is come to life”. This ‘deponent’ usage of the participle is archaic, surviving in only a few such constructions. – Anton Sherwood – 2020-03-12T06:06:24.520

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As an English person, this feels like US parlance (though we probably use the expression these days as well); especially with the "some noun" before it. It is valid, grammatically speaking.

You can think of it a bit like this:

this is not some science fiction movie that has just come to life

or, probably in the given context:

this is not some science fiction movie that has just come to life [apropos of nothing]

hope that helps!

Jay

Posted 2020-03-11T12:59:42.603

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1As a British English speaker in his 60s, the only thing that sounds American to me is the use of "movie" (BrE usage would be "film"). – Martin Bonner supports Monica – 2020-03-13T11:38:35.523