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    Is there a language technique in the following quote by Shakespeare in As You Like It?

    "Unless you could teach me to forget a banished father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure."

    Is it cataphora?


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    Is there a language technique in the following quote by Shakespeare in As You Like It?

    "Unless you could teach me to forget a banished father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure."

    Is it cataphora?
    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    In my opinion it is, if we understand "cataphora" as a grammatical form referring to following it words/phrases/clauses.

    The sentence "Unless you could teach me to forget a banish father", used without the following clause, is incomplete and doesn't make much sense.
    So we expect that the conjuction "unless" is followed by a phrase/clause expressing a notion of conditionality ("except on the condition that", "except when").

    I'm not a native speaker, so it'd be interesting to get an English teacher's opinion.
    Last edited by omasta; 01-Jan-2010 at 02:22.

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