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    be it

    Hi teachers,

    "Sanskrit language and literature is a great repository of knowledge encompassing every walk of life, be it science, technology, agriculture, arts, astronomy, architecture, medicine, metallurgy, mathematics, management, economics, ecology etc."

    I don't understand the grammar part underlined above. Does "be" mean "whether"? If so, can "be" and "whether" be used interchangeably in the above sentence?


    Thanks.

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    Re: be it

    We could say 'whether it be' instead of 'be it'.

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    Re: be it

    Could please explain if what kind of grammar rule this is to me? If I wrote this sentence I would probably write "whether it is" because I have never written like "it be, he be, she be etc".

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    Re: be it

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Could please explain if what kind of grammar rule this is to me? If I wrote this sentence I would probably write "whether it is" because I have never written like "it be, he be, she be etc".
    That is a subjunctive construction.

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