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    Be it ever so rich or poor, i will...

    Are the expressions underlined below grammatically correct or not?

    In addition to this, students will also be provided with the necessary knowledge and learning skills, so that they can better cope with the future, be they preparing for examinations, going on further studies or seeking employment.

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    Re: Be it ever so rich or poor, i will...

    It looks fine to me, with one little correction: "going on to further studies."

    This kind of subjunctive construction is not often seen nowadays; most writers I know would choose to say, "...so that they can better cope with the future, whether they will be preparing for examinations, going on to further studies, or seeking employment."

    "Be it ever so humble/ There's no place like home!" (from a song written in 1852)

    [I am a writer and native speaker, but not a teacher]

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    Re: Be it ever so rich or poor, i will...

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    It looks fine to me, with one little correction: "going on to further studies."

    This kind of subjunctive construction is not often seen nowadays; most writers I know would choose to say, "...so that they can better cope with the future, whether they will be preparing for examinations, going on to further studies, or seeking employment."

    "Be it ever so humble/ There's no place like home!" (from a song written in 1852)

    [I am a writer and native speaker, but not a teacher]
    Thank you so much.


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    Re: Be it ever so rich or poor, i will...

    You're very welcome.

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