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    Lest

    Hi guys,

    please check this sentence. "Whenever I go for the interview I fear lest I find someone in that organisation, who lives near my house"(I know that I am asking the same question again and again but please help me to understand this).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    please check this sentence.
    You had better use proper capitalization lest Rover_KE delete your post again.

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    #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    Please check this sentence. "Whenever I go for the an interview I fear lest I find someone in that organisation, who lives near my house"(I know that I am asking the same question again and again but please help me to understand this).
    If you go for "the" interview it is a time occasion. "the" is used to point out one thing - "I prefer the blue car". The green car is acceptable, the red car is fine but I prefer only one car - the blue car. Your usage of "lest" is fine but "lest" is not a common word and doesn't seem to add much to this sentence. What you are really saying here is that I fear, I fear. A clearer sentence would be - "...an interview I fear that I will find someone...".

    I suggest that you move on with your vocabulary improvement lest you spend too much time on inconsequential matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I know that I am asking the same question again and again...
    I am not a teacher.

    I must admit to an acute feeling of déjà vu on reading your umpteenth question about "lest".

    This time your use of it is correct but you should know that it is formal, infrequently used, and sounds dated.

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    Re: Lest

    Why would you be afraid that you would find someone who is your neighbor?
    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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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    please check this sentence. "Whenever I go for the interview I fear lest I find someone in that organisation, who lives near my house"(I know that I am asking the same question again and again but please help me to understand this).
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lest

    Please don't make mountains out of molehills.

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    Thankyou guys I think you all are very good people because you are helping a lot.

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    Can I also say "Lest I should find someone who lives near my house"?

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    Yes, but again, why is that something to fear?
    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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    #10

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    What changes we would have to do, if we changed this sentence to past.

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