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    May you live long

    Hi,

    May you live long and prosper.
    May you have many more birthdays.
    May you succeed in the examination.
    May you fail.
    May your teacher punish you.

    When we use 'may' to express a wish, should the sentence end with a full stop or an exclamation mark?

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    Re: May you live long

    Have you been watching Star Trek reruns? Anyhow, they are not exclamations, so you don't need an exclamation mark.

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    Re: May you live long

    No, I haven't been watching it. Is it a movie? Tell me more about it, please. How is it related to my question?

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    Re: May you live long

    Star Trek was a TV show that will probably live forever in reruns. Anyhow, it's a Vulcan greeting. One says, "Peace and long life"" and the other says, "Live long and prosper"".

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    #5

    Re: May you live long

    If they had an exclamation mark, it would be because they are imperative statements, not exclamations. Ending an imperative with an exclamation mark used to be a thing.

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    #6

    Re: May you live long

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    May you live long and prosper.
    May you have many more birthdays.
    May you succeed in the examination.
    May you fail.
    May your teacher punish you.
    These all sound a bit dated to me- the use of may for a wish is in decline, though it still exists. I think these would sound more natural with I hope. You would need to use punishes in the last sentence with I hope.

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    Re: May you live long

    @Tdol, Are the following correct?

    I hope you will live long and prosper.
    I hope you have many more birthdays.
    I hope you will succeed in the examination.

    I pray that you will live long and prosper.
    I pray that you have many more birthdays.
    I pray you will succeed in the examination.

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    #8

    Re: May you live long

    Yes.

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    Re: May you live long

    It should be noted that if you say "Live long and prosper" as part of any sentence, many people will assume it is a reference to Star Trek. The phrase is very well-known as a quote from that programme.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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