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    Default Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    I'm Italian and I'm trying to create an english name for a cultural club, whose mission is "seeking for knowledge together". I need a short, evocative, memorizable yet correct phrase, and I wonder if "QUEST IT" could satisfy all these requirements. Or if it is a nonsense for native english. Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt19xx View Post
    I'm Italian and I'm trying to create an English name for a cultural club, whose mission is "seeking for knowledge together". I need a short, evocative, memorizable yet correct phrase, and I wonder if "QUEST IT" could satisfy all these requirements. Or if it is a nonsense for native English ​speakers. Thanks for your help.
    "Quest" isn't used very often as a verb but there's no reason why it shouldn't be used in the imperative. It really depends whether you want everyone to immediately understand the meaning of the club's name without having to check a dictionary. Note that your mission should be "seeking knowledge together" (not "seeking for knowledge").
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    It sounds odd to me. You quest for things, or after things.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Perhaps you could call your club simply "Quest", so the name can embody both the noun and the verb, the search and to search.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It sounds odd to me.
    When you say "odd" do you mean "wrong" and "not appealing"? Or may "quest it" have some chance to sound "archaic", "adventurous" or "intriguing"?

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt19xx View Post
    When you say "odd" do you mean "wrong" and "not appealing"? Or may "quest it" have some chance to sound "archaic", "adventurous" or "intriguing"?
    It does sound odd because, exactly as SoothingDave said, we normally "quest for" or "quest after" something. So it would more naturally be "Quest after it" although that sounds like you're saying "The word QUEST comes after the word IT".

    Between "wrong, not appealing, archaic, adventurous, intriguing", I would have to choose "wrong", I'm afraid.

    Having said that, the titles of companies and groups are frequently ungrammatical (Toys R Us, for example, would be very odd in normal English even if they had spelt "Are" correctly).

    The simple answer is that you can call your group anything you like - it just depends on whether you want people to understand what the group is about simply from reading the name. If not, you can make it as unclear or intriguing as you like.
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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    It sounds no odder than many another web name, including the very useful fraze.it site. You could employ that eye-catching trick of using phonetic spelling by calling your site kwest.it.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    Having said that, the titles of companies and groups are frequently ungrammatical (Toys R Us, for example, would be very odd in normal English even if they had spelt "Are" correctly).
    They even reversed the R.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They even reversed the R.

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    They did indeed but I couldn't work out how to do that on screen.
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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    Perhaps you could call your club simply "Quest", so the name can embody both the noun and the verb, the search and to search.

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    I agree. As emsr2d2 said 'quest' is rarely a verb; and when it is, it doesn't take a direct object.

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    Default Re: Can i say "quest it" (imperative)?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They did indeed but I couldn't work out how to do that on screen.
    Would this help? я

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