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    #1

    is not the greatness...?

    Hi,

    ''. . . What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us?. . . ''

    The source: The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche.

    I'd like to ask if 'Is not' is an archaic usage. If so, can we apply it to the others such as 'Can not we say that . . .', 'Does not he play . . .'?

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    #2

    Re: is not the greatness...?

    It's archaic, or perhaps just a clumsy translation. Is not is less jarring than your other examples though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: is not the greatness...?

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Is 'Is not' is an archaic?
    I don't think so at all. It certainly may not be all that common, but it's not archaic.

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