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    Default ... be it work ...



    If we find that we spend a disproportionate amount of time talking about a particular pursuit, be it work, golf, food or alcohol, it is a sign that we are beginning to turn this pastime into a vice. Rather than controlling it, it is beginning to take hold of us.

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    What does "be it work" mean?

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    Whether it is work, or ...
    Last edited by Barb_D; 30-Oct-2012 at 15:36. Reason: Fixed a midnight-induced typo that created a confusing answer
    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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    Default Re: ... be it work ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Whether is it work, or ...

    Shouldn't that be 'Whether it is'?



    Also Odessa, you can also use 'such as' or 'for example'.
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    Default Re: ... be it work ...

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Shouldn't that be 'Whether it is'?
    Either that or 'whether it be'.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: ... be it work ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Either that or 'whether it be'.
    Especially useful for confusing foreigners and giving an often false impression of education. '"Be it" "Schme it"'

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    Default Re: ... be it work ...

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Shouldn't that be 'Whether it is'?


    Yes - typing on the phone at midnight. I have fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out so others weren't confused.
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