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    Be it good or bad, we will set off for a pinic tomorrow!

    "Be it good or bad...", what does this sentence mean? and why use hyperbaton here?
    Can I change the sentence to "No matter it 's good or bad..."?

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    Re: Be it good or bad, we will set off for a pinic tomorrow!

    "Be it good or bad news, we are moving ahead with our plans."

    "Whether it's good news or bad, we are moving ahead with our plans."

    "No matter if it's good or bad news, we are moving ahead with our plans.'

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    Re: Be it good or bad, we will set off for a pinic tomorrow!

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    "Be it good or bad...", what does this sentence mean? and why use hyperbaton here?
    Can I change the sentence to "No matter it 's good or bad..."?
    It doesn't make sense either way, unless the context has made it clear that 'it' refers to the weather:

    'If it's fine tomorrow, shall we go for a picnic?'
    'Whether it's good or bad, let's go.'

    I see no reason for using the rather literary 'Be it' construction here. But if you use 'No matter...' I'd suggest you use 'No matter if...' or 'No matter whether....', though you could dispense with the conjunction if the context supplied the option:

    'If it's good weather let's go, but if it's bad let's not.'
    'No matter which, let's go.'

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