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    God bless the Queen.

    Why is 'bless' used and not 'blesses'?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    God bless the Queen.

    Why is 'bless' used and not 'blesses'?

    Thanks in advance.
    Because there is "may" in front of it.
    (May) God bless the Queen! May God bless you!
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 26-Apr-2007 at 19:25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    God saves the Queen!
    God bless you! I don't know.It's an idiom maybe.
    Could it be because 'May' is implied? "(May) God bless the Queen".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Could it be because 'May' is implied? "(May) God bless the Queen".
    Yes, I remembered it after sending my answer. So I have editted it. Look at the above answer again.

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    Default Re: bless(es)

    Thanks, Harry. for the confirmation.

    Best wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, Harry. for the confirmation.

    Best wishes
    I'm happy to have helped you. Cheers!

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    Default Re: bless(es)

    It's a subjunctive; it has the idea of 'may God bless' because we can't order God about.

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    Hi Tdol

    Thanks for your help.

    What is 'subjunctive'? Could you please explain to me?
    Also, what is 'semantics'?

    I've referred to the dictionaries, but I'm still not clear.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post

    What is 'subjunctive'? Could you please explain to me?
    Click here: The Subjunctive

    All the best.

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    Thanks, Casiopea

    What about 'semantics'? Could you explain the term to me? The definition in the dictionaries is not clear.

    I would like to thank you very much for all the help you have rendered me.

    Best wishes

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