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    I wonder if there is any special rule in sentences when "God" is the subject of the verb action. In Elizabeth's Brown sonnet "How do I love thee", the last but one verse says: "If God choose", and not "If God chooses", ordinary rule for the third singular person.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgaryza View Post
    I wonder if there is any special rule in sentences when "God" is the subject of the verb action. In Elizabeth's Brown sonnet "How do I love thee", the last but one verse says: "If God choose", and not "If God chooses", ordinary rule for the third singular person.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Don't study modern English grammar from a poem written in 1845.

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    Freez
    Thank you for your suggestion, but I don't feel you give me an answer, it actually seems a way to turn out may doubt. I supose I'm most interested in literature than in grammar. I've got all my free time to read, and enjoy myself doing it, and I have no opportunity to speak, nor write, nor use my English knowledge in my daily life with anyone.

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    Default Re: God as a subject

    Quote Originally Posted by mgaryza View Post
    I wonder if there is any special rule in sentences when "God" is the subject of the verb action. In Elizabeth's Brown sonnet "How do I love thee", the last but one verse says: "If God choose", and not "If God chooses", ordinary rule for the third singular person.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
    It's an example of the subjunctive. The modern English translation would be If God may choose/so chooses.

    Take a look at the 4th post here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's an example of the subjunctive. The modern English translation would be If God may choose/so chooses.

    Take a look at the 4th post here.



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    This is that I called a very precise answer! Thank yo very much.

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