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    How often is 'lest' used? Is it somewhat formal?


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    Re: 'lest'?

    "Lest" is used rarely, is formal and its use would be considered unusual by younger people.

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    Re: 'lest'?

    I get the impression that 'lest' is more widely used in BE; I certainly use it, and I know younger people who do too (my children, for example )

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    Re: 'lest'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    How often is 'lest' used? Is it somewhat formal?
    In AE, "lest" is uncommon, but not archaic or obsolete.

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