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Thread #29443   Message #373172
Posted By: Haruo
12-Jan-01 - 01:10 AM
Thread Name: Origins: O Come All Ye Faithful
Subject: RE: Help: O Come All Ye Faithful
Ah yea, ye subjunctive! (Puts me in mind of Tom Lehrer's remark recetly quoted here.) One of the functions of a really functional subjunctive (and yea, Latin hath such an one!) is to stand in the stead of an imperative, but with less force. To express hearty hope and the like, in lieu of insistence and shoving. Auxilium... Auxilium... no, not armpit... ;-) Tibi gratium agimus, Joe, matrique tuae!

Liland