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Conditionals Starting with be



Gi2gi
Georgia

Conditionals Starting with be
 
So, tomorrow morning I īm having a class with my advanced SS and I am going to touch upon some advanced conditionals; I īve been wondering about structures starting with "be"...
 
I mean sentences like this:
 
"I like all sorts of ice-cream, be it vanilla, chocolate or fruit-flavored" (I made up the sentence myself, so correct me if something is wrong with it).
 
There are hardly any textbooks / online resources that deal with this structure properly (at least I have managed to find none), so from my observation I have concluded that (1) the structure above can be equivalent to " I like all sorts of ice-cream, no matter if it is vanilla, chocolate or fruit-flavored (2) this sort of conditional is used in somewhat formal language.  I would love the grammar geeks to confirm this or say that I am wrong. Thanks a lot :)

31 Jan 2015      



spinney
United Kingdom

People do say it. One thing though, should it be "I like all sorts of ice-cream, be they vanilla, choc ...?" To tell you the truth they both sound fine to me but I have a sneaky feeling the only plural can apply to "sorts." Mind you, I īm no grammar geek and "ice-cream" is uncountable. It is said in conversation though. Itīs an interesting point you have raised.

31 Jan 2015     



Gi2gi
Georgia

spinney, thanks a lot, so I should exclude the second finding :)))) Another thing that struck me now _ "I like all ice cream, be it vanilla or chocolate" is the same as "...SHOULD IT BE vanilla or chocholate" and the omission of "should" leads to the inverted word order "...be it vanilla or chocolate", just like in the following pattern, where the omission of "if" leads to the inverted order with "had" : " if I had known her address I would have visited her" = "Had I known her address, I would have visited her" .ageekysmiley. :)))

31 Jan 2015     



redcamarocruiser
United States

"I like all sorts of icecream whether it is chocolate, vanilla, or another flavor." is equivalent to
 "I like all sorts of ice-cream, be it vanilla, chocolate or fruit-flavored"
 
 

31 Jan 2015     



dillydi
United Kingdom

I would not use the word īsorts ī but use either different, or kinds of flavoured ice cream......

1 Feb 2015