Verbless slogans - A new trend?

hstahlke at ATT.NET hstahlke at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 30 18:37:35 UTC 2001

I noticed that eight of thirteen players on last year's
UCharleston team were African American, as well as the
head coach.  If the ratio is close to that this year
too, is it possible that the team knew what they meant
by "we be ready"?

Herb Stahlke
> From my own experience, I would suggest the following:
> "We be ready" wouldn't be appropriate when referring to future events (e.g.,
> plans for the whole year) since the statement indicates a general present
> habitual state, based on past [before the moment of speaking] occurrences
> (e.g.,  Whenever we have to play the Tigers, we be ready" [="Every time we
> play the Tigers, we are ready" or "Every time we played the Tigers, we were
> ready" or  "Every time we've played the Tigers, we have been ready."])  "We
> ready" (=We are ready) is the better choice since it indicates a present
> state of physical or mental preparedness for whatever happens in the near or
> distant future.  P-A-T

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