The beginning of the first sentence of the Gettysburg's Address takes the form Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent .... I found not the phrase bring forth on; I found the phrase bring forth. How should I understand the former phrase?


On is not a part of the phrasal verb here, but a part of the location.

On this continent, here is probably an addition of information, do you have the next line?

  • Thanks very much. The next line is a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. – Megadeth Jul 7 '14 at 2:50
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    Then certainly it is... Brought forth a new nation.... Brought forth, on this continent, a new nation. An addition of information. – Pro ingles Jul 7 '14 at 2:52
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    No worries, phrasals can be a royal pain! – Pro ingles Jul 7 '14 at 3:02

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