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Minor differences

Postby Levelgig » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:26 am

Hey everyone,

I have three questions, the first would be "What is the difference between to chase sth and to chase after sth?", the second is "Can I say "Now I can finally lift this mask", in the sense that I take it off?" and for the third you will have to read through the following lines:

Nothing is like it was before
I know not who I am anymore
Chasing something that's behind me
When will I be set free?

Don`t you actually have to say "I do not know who I am anymore"? The band is American, so it cannot be a mistake, but this is completely new to me, I´d be very happy if someone could explain this to me :)

Thanks
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Re: Minor differences

Postby SkypeTeach » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:35 am

I'm guessing these are all lyrics?

I always advise my students to avoid thinking about grammar when looking at poetry or lyrics. The usual rules are not always applied because the writer needs to make the words fit the beat of the music or the rhythm of the poem.

In short, none of these structures are wrong, but that doesn't mean they are common in everyday English.
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Re: Minor differences

Postby Levelgig » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:54 am

So could I say "I know not who I am anymore", when for example talking to a friend?
Or would that be considered uncommon or archaic?
Could I also say "I eat not apples"?
Sounds very wrong to me^^

thx a lot btw :)
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Re: Minor differences

Postby SkypeTeach » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:11 pm

They would both sound extremely strange if you were talking to a friend, especially the second one.
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Re: Minor differences

Postby Levelgig » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:24 pm

Ok thx, that`s all I needed to know :)
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