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4 Aug. 2019 — Whether it (be)

 

How would you word this?

 

 

No violence no hate speech

The sheer evilness of it, whether it is hate speech or violence, is making us very pessimistic about our future as a nation.

 

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The sheer evilness of it, whether it is hate speech or violence, is making us very pessimistic about our future as a nation.

2.

The sheer evilness of it, whether it be hate speech or violence, is making us very pessimistic about our future as a nation.

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The sheer evilness of it, whether it is being hate speech or violence, is making us very pessimistic about our future as a nation.

 

GLOSSARY

evilness (N) – morally wrong, wicked, bad

pessimistic (Adj) – without hope, discouraged, depressed

sheer (Adv) – clear, complete, total

speculate (V) – think about, guess

subjunctive – in grammar, a verb form used when wishes (It is… advisable, appropriate, crucial, desirable, essential, fitting, imperative, important, necessary, obligatory, preferable, proper, urgent, required, vital) and commands  (Huddleston 11 §7.1.2)

 

REFERENCE

  • Huddleston Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum, et al. "Survey of constructions containing subordinate interrogatives." The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. 11 §5.3.
  • Swan, Michael. "Whether and if." Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005. 621.3.

 

IMAGE

"No violence no hate speech." By John S. Quarterman, Flickr, 9 Nov 2011. Licensed by CC BY 2.0.  Accessed 5 Aug 2019.