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  1. infinikyte
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    "be it..."

    Ok, I was reading about blepharoplasty, and then an interesting sentence popped up before my eyes:

    I think most Asian women are sick to death of the whole "mysterious" and "exotic" fetishism, be it eyes, hair or body.

    Source: a forum in Japantoday.com
    Not judging this sentence morally, but from a grammar point of view, could someone tell me what "it" refers to in this sentence.

    Also, could this sentence be rephrased in a better way(or any way)?


    Thanks in advanced

    :)

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: "be it..."

    Quote Originally Posted by infinikyte
    I think most Asian women are sick to death of the whole "mysterious" and "exotic" fetishism, be it eyes, hair or body.

    Source: a forum in Japantoday.com
    be it = be that fetishism; it = fetishism

    :D

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    It's similar in meaning to 'no matter whether it is eyes...'

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