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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    be myself

    I haven't encountered this structure "be myself", is it grammatically correct? I mean, "I be myself" instead of "I try to be myself" makes sense?

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    ex)...I know that if I work really hard and be myself, then I can do almost anything...

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    #2

    Re: be myself

    I'm surprised you've never seen this before. It's very common.
    It means be tru to yourself, or be the person you are, without trying to be different.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: be myself

    Hello.
    May I ask a question here?

    'If I be myself, then I can do almost anything...'

    Does the sentence above work?
    (I think this is what keannu asked, but I suspect it doesn't work. Is it the same construction as 'If need be,...'?)

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    #4

    Re: be myself

    There's no need for the subjunctive there IMO- the present subjunctive in first conditionals is archaic to me.

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    #5

    Re: be myself

    You mean "be" in 1 doesn't work, but you can admit "be" in 2?
    2's "be" still seems to be a grammatical mistake that can be accepted. The correct expression would be "if I work really hard and try to be myself..."

    1.'If I be myself, then I can do almost anything...'
    2.I know that if I work really hard and be myself, then I can do almost anything

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