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    Default wumen as we are

    Is the sentence acceptable?
    Women as/ although we are, we can raise up half the sky.
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    Default Re: wumen as we are

    Not to me.

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    Default Re: wumen as we are

    But I understand it. "Women, though we be, ..." might achieve the same effect.

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    Default Re: wumen as we are

    Yes, except I don't like the comma after Women. One could also say "Women we may be, but..."

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    Yes, I think that you're right about the comma. And your version is easier to understand, but I like the "we be" without the "may" because I am nostalgic for the subjunctive case. Your version maintains the (Ah, I forget the technical term) unusual word order, though -- which is cool. I should look that term up. Verse uses it all the time to achieve rhyme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Yes, I think that you're right about the comma. And your version is easier to understand, but I like the "we be" without the "may" because I am nostalgic for the subjunctive case. Your version maintains the (Ah, I forget the technical term) unusual word order, though -- which is cool. I should look that term up. Verse uses it all the time to achieve rhyme.
    Dear teachers , my English is so poor that I hope you should answer my question directly.
    A Chinese scholar of English holds: We haven’t read such kind of sentence as Deal with us nobly, women as we be .i.e. (Complement + as + subject + v of subjunctive mood.) That is to say you should use though, but not although, instead of as. Please tell me whether the scholar is right and whether the sentence "Women as we are,we can raise up half the sky" is right.
    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by notletrest; 13-Jan-2013 at 13:47. Reason: re-correction

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    Default Re: wumen as we are

    It is not right.

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    Default Re: wumen as we are

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It is not right.
    Thank probus very much!
    To my disheartenment,I asked two questions but you said it wasn't. I wonder what you mean by it ,the first one or the second, or both.My English is so poor!
    Thanks!

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