dgr at MEGAWEB.CO.ZA
Sat Apr 5 23:49:05 UTC 1997
I came across the following problem on another list. The poster asked
whether it is possible to order something/ someone to exist as in the
"Be my love".
In my opinion the form "be" in the above phrase is a subjunctive and
expresses a wish rather than a command and not a command or
imperative. The phrase is not structurally different
from a command like "Be quiet" or "Be seated" What is the
function of "be" in this phrase?
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