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    Long live sb/sth!

    Hi,

    Long live sb/sth - we said this to show support for the person or thing mentioned

    I'm confused with the word "live". In my opinion, "live" in the idiom should be a verb. Is that correct?

    How should I pronounce the "live" - "liv" or "laiv"?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Long live sb/sth!

    'liv' and you're right that it's a verb- it's a subjunctive form.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/subjunctive.html


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    Re: Long live sb/sth!

    Thanks a lot...

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