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    • Join Date: Feb 2007
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    problematic "lest"

    hi...
    i'm a croatian student of English, and recently I had my English language exam, and I was required to use lest in a complex sentence to show that I know how to use it.
    anyways, I wrote a bare infinitive subordinate clause, and my teacher corrected me and said that I should have used "should" instead of "bare infinitive".
    I'm not sure, but I think she was wrong. could someone help me solve this problem?
    thank you very much


    • Join Date: Sep 2005
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    Re: problematic "lest"

    It is very hard to comment without seeing the sentence you wrote, but 'lest' does not need a 'should'. In fact it is normally used without a 'should'.

    Probably the most common sight of 'lest' is on WW1 war memorials, where it says "Lest we forget" - without a 'should'.

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