lest conjunction Is 'lest' an old conjunction which is not much used in nowadays? Or is it a very common conjunction used also in day to day speaking? "every bath.. my ears are stretched its a must do, lest they be stinky." I found its meaning from internet but still doubt whether it's an old word. Otherwise it would be a very useful word for me when to refer first meaning of below two. Meanings found in internet: 1. With the intention of preventing (something undesirable); to avoid the risk of. 2. (after a clause indicating fear) Because of the possibility of something undesirable happening; in case.
Oct 6, 2012 4:51 PM
Answers · 2
Your understanding is excellent. The word is not used in ordinary speech, but more formally in writing. As you say, it is a useful word, although perhaps a bit old-fashioned.
October 6, 2012
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