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    #1

    what may

    Hi

    Do these two below mean the same:

    1. Come what may!
    2. Happen what may!

    Thanks


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    #2

    Re: what may

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Do these two below mean the same:

    1. Come what may!
    2. Happen what may!

    Thanks
    I suppose so, but I haven't used or heard "happen what may". Where did you get the idea for "happen what may"? The phrase "come what may" is a fixed expression.


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    #3

    Re: what may

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Do these two below mean the same:

    1. Come what may!
    2. Happen what may!

    Thanks
    Number 2 could certainly paraphrase #1, Guest, but I can't say that I've ever heard #2 spoken or seen it written. Number 1 is pretty much a frozen formula.

    Have you/Did you google(d) it?

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    #4

    Re: what may

    I think I've read it somewhere, but don't remember where now.

    thanks


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    #5

    Re: what may

    Quote Originally Posted by albeit View Post
    Number 2 could certainly paraphrase #1, Guest, but I can't say that I've ever heard #2 spoken or seen it written. Number 1 is pretty much a frozen formula.

    Have you/Did you google(d) it?
    It's not a "frozen formula", albeit. This does not really explain it. This is a fixed expression. Also, it's worth pointing out that this is a subjunctive form. However, as such subjunctive forms are very few, it's easier to simply call it a fixed expression unless a student demands a complete explanation of the phrase "come what may", and other phrases such as "be that as it may", and "suffice it to say".


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    #6

    Re: what may

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post

    It's not a "frozen formula", albeit. This does not really explain it. This is a fixed expression.
    You say fixed expression, I say frozen formula, you say tomato I say tomato.

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