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    When do we use "God/heaven forbids"

    OK, after hearing people use the term God Forbids I kinda get the feel on when to use it but I couldn't articulate it.

    If you were asked the question by an ESL student "When do we use God/Heaven Forbids?", how do you explain it to em?

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    Re: When do we use "God/heaven forbids"

    "My wife just finished cleaning the windows in the kitchen. God forbid I get my fingerprints on them now."

    Its so very important that I would not get my fingerprints on the windows now, God would forbid it if given the opportunity.

    Its a way of embelishing the importance of something by sayiing one would have to answer to a higher authority if you failed to do something.



    Chris
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    Re: When do we use "God/heaven forbids"

    So is it a way of emphasizing on the significance of the fact that your wife has cleaned the window by saying that you have to answer to higher authority if you fail to keep fingerprints off it?
    Maybe Im just tired but that didnt sink in at first glance, I'll give it time.
    Maybe the carbohydrates rush after my dinner will do the trick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saxonlight
    "My wife just finished cleaning the windows in the kitchen. God forbid I get my fingerprints on them now."
    Its so very important that I would not get my fingerprints on the windows now, God would forbid it if given the opportunity.
    Its a way of embelishing the importance of something by sayiing one would have to answer to a higher authority if you failed to do something.

    Chris
    http://www.hearseesay.com

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    Re: When do we use "God/heaven forbids"

    Exactly.

    Yes, there may be a better explanation but thats how I would characterize it.

    Another example (same scenario),

    SAM: "Looks like your wife spent hours cleaning the windows in the kitchen, I bet you won't go near them with you dirty hands anytime soon." <smile>
    MAX: "Heaven forbid."

    Chris
    http://www.hearseesay.com

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