Discussion in 'English Only' started by Misled Youth, Aug 15, 2007.
Do the words BEWARE and BE AWARE mean the same? If not, could anyone tell me the difference?
Hello, Misled Youth D)
No, in my opinion they're not the same.
Just an example: Beware the dog! = take care, this dog is dangerous
Be aware of the dog = know that there is a dog here.
Maybe you could give us some examples of how you would use the two, because we can help better when we have context
Actually the instance was, while i was driving with my friends, a car did not stop at the red traffic light. So one of my friends told me to "Be aware of the traffic rules"
And the other friend told "Beware of the traffic rules"
I don't know whether they mean the same.. And if they don't mean the same what would each of them mean?
One more thing,
In your sentence, Can we say it as BEWARE OF THE DOG?
Usually we'll say "Be aware of the traffic rules" but "Beware of the traffic police"
There's nothing scary about the rules, but there's certainly something scary about traffic police.
Similarly, we'll say "Be aware of your consumer rights" but "Beware of cheating merchants".
The way you explained it, it went straight into my head..
Thanks a lot..
Yes, beware of [anything] is much commoner. The construction without of is poetic or archaic - Beware the Ides of March! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March
That was really sweet of you.. Now i definitely know the difference and can tell the difference to anyone who asks me...
<Please> Passive voice for the sentence "Beware of danger."
Hello, Fantabulous. This is a very odd request. Why do you want to put this phrase into the passive voice? What kind of sentence do you want to make?
Is it not an imperative sentences?
Do it. (Active)
Let it be done. (Passive)
Beware of it. (Active)
Let it be ......... (Passive)
"Beware of danger" means "[You,] be wary of danger."
Since there isn't really an object here, I don't see how you would make a passive voice construction. (I don't think "beware" is a strongly transitive verb.)
That being said, I suppose you could untangle the preposition, but it'll be ugly:
Beware of danger (active) / Let danger be that which you beware of (is this passive or just clefted?)
Is there past and past participle for beware?
Not to my knowledge.
Then passive voice of "Beware of it." as "Let it be bewared of." is wrong?
I think "beware of" (= "be careful of") is intransitive and therefore can't produce a passive voice. On the other hand, "beware" can be followed by a wh-word, and in this case it's transitive.
Yes, it's wrong.
"Beware" is used only in
- the imperative: Beware!
- the infinitive: you need to beware; you should beware.
- the present subjunctive: she recommends that he beware.
How do you make passive voice from an imperative?
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As Parla says,"bewared" is obsolete in modern English---at least, I can't use it without sounding funny.
Edit: cross-posted with Loob.
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