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    Question Can I say "Be no weak"

    Can I say (Be no weak) .. is it right ? or I can only say : "Don't be weak"

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    Re: Can I say "Be no weak"

    Say "Don't be weak."

    You could say "Be not weak," but that sounds archaic.

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    Re: Can I say "Be no weak"

    First, Thanks for your kind and quick replay

    I know it's not normal and it sound strange but I wanted to know whether it's grammatically right or wrong

    Coz I like it and I want to use it somewhere :)

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    Re: Can I say "Be no weak"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alabady View Post
    First, Thanks for your kind and quick replay

    I know it's not normal and it sound strange but I wanted to know whether it's grammatically right or wrong

    Coz I like it and I want to use it somewhere :)
    "Be no weak" is wrong. "Be not weak" is correct but archaic as SoothingDave said. There is no reason that you couldn't use the latter, if you want to.

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    Re: Can I say "Be no weak"

    No weak, be!

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    Re: Can I say "Be no weak"

    A common context for this archaism (in countries that either were or still are influenced by christianity) is the Nativity Play. Thousands of children are having their 15 minutes of fame saying 'Be not afraid'. (Topical or what?)

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