Monday, October 1, 2012

Grammar Police Monday - So be it!


In the English language, the phrase so be it can also be written as one word, sobeitthough the word is rarely used these days. Whether you write it as one word or three depends upon context.

The word sobeit can be used as conjunction meaning 'provided that' or 'if' or as a noun with a similar use and meaning as the word amen.

I will give her everything I have for the rest of my days, sobeit she agrees to marry me.

The clause so be it is an idiomatic expression of acceptance, often reluctant acceptance. This is the version you will likely use if you use it at all.

The king frowned and pondered the peasant's request. "So be it," he said with a dismissive wave of his hand. 



That's all until next week.

If you have time, pop over to Falling For Fiction where I'm being interviewed today by the friendly and talented Hope Roberson.

Thanks for visiting. :)


29 comments:

  1. I will find a way to use that in conversation today... *Grins*

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  2. I will head on over to FFF, sobeit I get my last few revisions done. (; Naw, I'm on my way... :D

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    1. LOL

      I hear ya. I usually launch my posts at 30 min. past midnight Texas time.

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  3. Does "albeit" work the same way? (Or am I stepping onto next week's lesson?!)

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    1. LOL - nope. You're not jumping the gun. :P

      Albeit is a conjunction -actually a contraction of al be it - 'al(though) it be'- that means although or even if.

      Ex: It was an enjoyable, albeit sad movie.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  4. I've never used "so be it" unless in jest, but I have used albeit. Sobeit.

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  5. Don't believe I've used either version of that phrase. I wonder how many people stumble over the pronunciation of sobeit?

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  6. That's interesting. Never knew it could be used as one word. Although I would think that seeing sobeit in a contemporary book would give a reader pause.

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    1. True. LOL Can you tell I read a lot of historicals?

      Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  7. I did not know that sobeit could be one word! They say learning new things keeps you young, so thanks for a drink from the fountain of youth this afternoon!

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    1. Quick! Give me a sip! LOL
      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  8. One word, really? Cool. I have to use that now. :)

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  9. Wow, I never knew it could be all one word, nor that it had a completely separate meaning. Cool.

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  10. I had no idea it was ever all one word! Fascinating! :-)

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  11. I'm glad you liked the topic. Hunting up stuff for these posts is actually fun sometimes. ;)

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  12. How interesting! I had no idea! When I hear that phrase all I can think of is Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume. "Is it bigger than a baby's arm?" Hah hah hah.

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    1. Yikes! I just looked up that quote. xD

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  13. i love hearing the history behind words, and it is always interesting how we have been using it verses the way we should have been using it! awesome

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  14. Ahhh! You explained this quite well! I don't think I've ever used "sobeit" but I've definitely seen it. Nice side by side comparison.

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  15. Thanks, ladies. I wasn't kidding when I said preparing these things can be fun. :)

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  16. Hey Melissa, would you address the 's or s' rule sometime soon. (Lewis's for possessive vs Lewis', for example.) I understand it's achangin' with the times... *sigh* I don't handle change well. :P

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    1. I'll look into it.
      I don't like change either. :(

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  17. That's awesome. Thanks for the tip, Melissa :)

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  18. Liked your interview. I always learn something new from your blog.

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  19. You're welcome, Melissa.

    Natasha, thanks for taking time to visit FFF. :)

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