He is a man newly come to the town.

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homotopy07

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Japanese
He is a man newly come to the town.
[From a textbook for Japanese learners of English.]

Question: Is this sentence correct?

I suppose come is a past participle. I know the grammar of the following sentence is questionable.

The train just arrived at platform six is the delayed 13.15 from Hereford.
[Swan: Practical English Usage, 3rd edition, 409.4]
 
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    The use of "He is a man" is redundant (what else would he be, unless context establishes that he is a boy or a dog?) and makes the sentence longer than necessary or colloquial. I'd say "He just came to town."
     

    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    Is the following version better?
    He is a newcomer to the town.
    Yes. It's certainly better than the version in #1.
    It would work better without "the".
    There is a somewhat derogatory feel to referring to someone as a newcomer. It suggests he is viewed as a bit of an outsider.
    Perhaps that's why Paul (#5) doesn't like it.
     
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