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    Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Does this sentence sound as if taken from some old book? "More painful wounds are none than those inflicted by the Love. More soothing ointment is none than one applied by Love". In the first part the definite article is used before Love and in the second part it is not used in order not to ruin the rhythm of the sentence. Is it ok? Because I don't think that it is ok

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Welcome to the forum, Marina.

    Where did you find those sentences?

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Marina.
    Thanks

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Well, my friend wrote it. I just wanted to know whether they are ok.

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Well, my friend wrote it. I just wanted to know whether they are ok.
    No, they are not OK.

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

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    No, they are not OK.
    What is wrong with them?

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    What is wrong with them?
    They don't make sense.

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They don't make sense.
    My friend and I had a quarrel about those sentences. She told me that her sentences were simillar to those she had heard in Lord of the Rings, like this one "Needless were none of his deeds".

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    If you have any ideas how to write them in a proper way to make them sound poetic, please, share your thoughts.

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    Re: Speaking like Shakespeare:)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    My friend and I had a quarrel about those sentences. She told me that her sentences were simillar to those she had heard in Lord of the Rings, like this one "Needless were none of his deeds".
    J.R.R. Tolkien was a scholar of ancient languages. He used odd-looking syntax intentionally in his creative works - to communicate something to his readers about the fantasy.

    If you want to communicate directly to other people about reality, he's not a good model.

    (Incidentally, that language is nothing like Shakespeare's, and the periods portrayed aren't remotely comparable. )

    b

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