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[435d] But now answer the next question. What is the function of names, and what good do they accomplish?

I think, Socrates, their function is to instruct, and this is the simple truth, that he who knows the names knows also the things named.

I suppose, Cratylus, you mean that when anyone knows the nature of the name—and its nature is that of the thing—he will know the thing also,

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