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    #1

    lest he find/finds out

    Do I use base after the connector 'lest' in the sentence?

    Joe hid the damaged camera lest his brother find/finds out.

    I read in a book that the verb that follows lest is usually in base form.

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    #2

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    We don't use the word lest in AmE.
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    #3

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    We rarely use 'lest' in BrE, either. If we do use it, the correct form is the present subjunctive, which has no suffix in the third person singular form

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    #4

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    If I had to use it I'd say '...lest his brother should find out'.

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    #5

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    We do use lest in AmE. And when we use it, we follow it with the subjunctive: Lest he find out.

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    #6

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    I can think of only one phrase where AmE-speakers use lest: the New Testament quote Judge not lest ye be judged. It does exist occasionally in phrases based on that one, but otherwise, I'd really take notice if I heard someone use that word.
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    #7

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    I use it in everyday speech.

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    #8

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    I guess I was not completely correct then. I'd say your use of the word is rare though.
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    #9

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    I use it and am used to hearing it. As Piscean said, it's followed by the present subjunctive: "... lest he find out".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: lest he find/finds out

    I'd say it's not very common, but it's not archaic either. And definitely used with subjunctive. Much more likely to hear "so he doesn't find out" than "lest he find out."

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