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    Default "Don't be" or "Be not"

    Hello guys,
    I always thought it was:
    "Don't be + adjective".

    However, I often read:
    "Be not + adjective".

    Are both acceptable?

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: "Don't be" or "Be not"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    I always thought it was:
    "Don't be + adjective".

    However, I often read:
    "Be not + adjective".

    Are both acceptable?

    Cheers!
    As in eg

    Don't be afraid!

    Be not afraid!

    In this example at least, the former is the norm, the latter is more archaic (for some reason, I picture a passage from the Bible: 'Be not afraid, my child!"). But I'd have to think of more examples to comment any further.

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    Default Re: "Don't be" or "Be not"

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    As in eg

    Don't be afraid!

    Be not afraid!

    In this example at least, the former is the norm, the latter is more archaic (for some reason, I picture a passage from the Bible: 'Be not afraid, my child!"). But I'd have to think of more examples to comment any further.
    I totally agree! Funnily enough, the exact same phrase (Be not afraid) came to mind as well.

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    Default Re: "Don't be" or "Be not"

    In mine too

    Okay thanks.

    Cheers!

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