Would you tell me your opinion concerning the usage of the conjunction “lest” in the following two sentences?
Put down the rule lest you should forget it.
Heat the stove lest it should be cold at night.
Thank you for your efforts.
You do realize that this is not common in everyday speech? A mother does not say to her child to take an extra piece of fruit in his lunch lest he is hungry by early afternoon.
Last edited by David L.; 24-Nov-2008 at 04:48.
I know at least two meanings of the “unfortunate” and “unpopular” in your judgment word “lest”:
lest = 1. in order that…not
2. after fear that, in order to prevent
I am astonished at your ludicrous animosity towards it.
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the following sentences are written in an understandable English in this way?
He tiptoed lest the guard should hear her.
He he ran away lest he should be seen.
We were afraid lest he should get here too late.
He cut the remark out of the final programme lest it should offend the listeners.
"In the skies, Lord Jesus, cover up mine eyes Lest they should look on vanities."
This hole is not directly over the fire, lest the rain should extinguish it; and the smoke therefore naturally fills the place before it escapes.
The Cellars There are five reasons we should drink; Good wine --; a friend --; or being dry --; or lest we should be by and by --; or any other reason why.
Four-year funding Lest anybody should have got the idea from my August column that I was in some way in favour of four-year funding of students of architecture, let me set the record straight.