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    Angry Long live the king! Please explain for this grammar structure!

    In Thailand, they have a popular slogan like this "Long live the king!". But i haven't recognised which grammar structure it follows. Please explain for me why it is. (Why it can have 2 adjectives before "the" article ?)

    Is that a idiom? Thank a lot!
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    Re: Long live the king! Please explain for this grammar structure!

    Hic hic, this topic had 45 views but nobody gives me the answer! So i am wondering:

    The question is so difficult or so dul? Please give me your idea!


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    Re: Long live the king! Please explain for this grammar structure!

    It is an example of formulaic subjunctive.

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    Re: Long live the king! Please explain for this grammar structure!

    It's the same as "God bless you."

    I hope it be such that God blesses you: God bless you.
    I hope it isuch that the king lives a long life: Long live the king!
    I hope we will praise the saints: Saints be praised!

    The bare infinitive (bless, live, be) is used in this not-very-common use of the subjunctive.

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