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    forget me not = don't forget me
    right?????

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    Right!
    Forget me not is a literary way to say, 'Don't forget me.'
    Also, there is a pretty little flower called a 'forget-me-not'.

    Petra

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    Here's a picture of that flower: http://bp1.blogger.com/_C3Ve95fllGs/...Flower+015.jpg - the German name, vergissmichnicht, is a good demonstration of the way the languages are related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Right!
    Forget me not is a literary way to say, 'Don't forget me.'
    Also, there is a pretty little flower called a 'forget-me-not'.

    Petra
    but why "not" is put after "forget"???

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    Default Re: forget me not

    It's a somewhat poetic construction. A style choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    It's a somewhat poetic construction. A style choice.

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    so in poetic construction, we can put "not" after V bare like that:
    - don't eat the cake = eat the cake not
    - I don't want to meet you again = I want to meet you again not
    ????
    by the way, the letter p at the end is bye, right?????
    thanks

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    Dear Aya-aya:

    so in poetic construction, we can put "not" after V bare like that:
    - don't eat the cake = eat the cake not

    Yes and no. If you said, 'Eat the cake not,' to someone, it would seem unusual. Perhaps it might be used like this:

    You are getting ready for a party at your house. A friend has come to help you prepare. As you are setting out the food, your friend remarks that the cake looks very tempting. In a joking way, you could say, 'Eat the cake not!' This would sound like a line from a very old play and would make your friend laugh.
    Another form of this is 'Eat not the cake,' which also sounds archaic.

    - I don't want to meet you again = I want to meet you again not
    ????
    This doesn't work.


    I would advise against using any variation of this construction. It's not going to be useful to you.

    by the way, the letter p at the end is bye, right????? The 'p' is just the first letter of my name. It's a very informal way to enda post to someone who already knows one's name.

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    You are so lovable !!!!!

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