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    be it addiction to alcohol, drugs, or food

    I came across a unidentifiable sentence, and it drives me crazy!

    The sentence is as follows:
    Many people who suffer from addiction - be it addiction to alcohol, drugs, or food - experience their first relief when they can share their pain with others and feel that they have been truly heard.

    What I want to know is just the part in red. The meaning it conveys is very simple, and I can get it. But the word order, especially about 'be it', I don't think it's necessary, or it surely conveys something that I don't know of. And maybe It's not just like giving some additional information.

    Please help me!!!


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    Re: be it addiction to alcohol, drugs, or food

    It is another way of say "whether it is". Its use is stylistic.


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    Re: be it addiction to alcohol, drugs, or food

    Thanks a lot, Anglika!!

    You are always very generous to respond kindly!

    Your brief answer helped me a lot!

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