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    lest

    Hi guys,

    Are these sentences correct?

    1) He was afraid lest he fall down because this would have costed him very much.

    2) He was afraid lest he get dupted.

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    #2

    Re: lest

    Lest is used as if there were should.
    He was afraid lest he (should) fall down ...

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    Re: lest

    No.
    You do something to avoid something that you don't want to happen.
    If you can substitute "for fear that" you can use lest.

    He walked very carefully lest he should slip on the icy road.
    She bit her lip lest she say what she was really thinking.
    He researched the company carefully lest he get duped by the people asking him to invest.

    For your sentences:
    He was afraid that he would fall down, because that would cost him greatly. (Is he a runner in a race? How does falling down cost you something?)
    He was afraid that he could get duped.

    See this page: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lest

    (My dialect does not require the use of "should")
    Last edited by Barb_D; 03-May-2014 at 15:30.
    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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    #4

    Re: lest

    Do you really use "lest"? I don't come across with it frequently in spoken-English.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: lest

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    How does falling down cost you something?
    A waiter holding a tray of expensive dishes falling down may cost his job.

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    Re: lest

    So I can't use "Lest" in these sentences, is it right, is it safer to use should after "Lest". Please tell whether I used it correctly?

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    #7

    Re: lest

    In AmE, we use the subjunctive after "lest" (see Barb's examples"). In BrE, they often use "should" instead of the subjunctive. Both are acceptable.

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    #8

    Re: lest

    Ok so my sentences are acceptable.

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    #9

    Re: lest

    I didn't say that.

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    #10

    Re: lest

    So is it ok to use "should" everytime I use "lest". What mistake did I make in writing those sentences I jave used subjunctive after "lest".

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