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Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Ask About English Q43: 'lest'

Hi,

Could you explain please the use of the word "lest"(aby ne)?

Thanks


Hi,


Lest
is a conjunction and has a similar meaning to in case, so that … not or for fear that.

It is very rare in modern British English, and is found mostly in older literature and in ceremonial language.

Here are some examples:


They were afraid to complain about the noise lest they annoyed the people next door.

Lest you think the film is too violent, I must assure you that it is not.

They kept watch all night lest robbers should come.

We must take care lest evil thoughts enter our hearts.


Regards

Matt



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