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    Can it be written like this?

    Hi!

    I wonder if the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" can be rewritten to "Do upon to others as you wish others to do upon to you"?

    Might be a stupid question, but have discussed it with some friends, and noone knows. Can`t think of a better place to ask.

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    #2

    Re: Can it be written like this?

    Not really...the Golden Rule is the Golden rule. Your modifications sound strange to a native.

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    Re: Can it be written like this?

    Even if you were to change it, "Do to others as you would have them do to you' might work. 'Do upon to others..' is not English.

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    Re: Can it be written like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Even if you were to change it, "Do to others as you would have them do to you' might work. 'Do upon to others..' is not English.
    Yes, this is the version used in the modern bible.

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    #5

    Re: Can it be written like this?

    Okay, thanks alot for the replies. Was about to get it tattoed, so I really appreciate it! Gonne do the original instead, just to be sure I get it right.

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    #6

    Re: Can it be written like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by JosBet View Post
    Hi!

    I wonder if the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" can be rewritten to "Do upon to others as you wish others to do upon to you"?

    Might be a stupid question, but have discussed it with some friends, and noone knows. Can`t think of a better place to ask.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I found another translation in The Living Bible:

    "Do for others what you want them to do for you."

    (2) I know that it is none of my business; nevertheless, I

    hope you will think twice (or even thrice) before you get tattooed.

    I hear that it might be rather painful to remove a tattoo later on

    in life.

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    Re: Can it be written like this?

    I'd go for the shorest version possible if it's a tattoo -- Treat others as you wish to be treated.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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