Which sounds dated anyway, I've only ever heard it as a joke in spoken language, but, as the topic is about rendering something from Middle English, like Loob asked, we need to know if it's intended for modern audiences or if it's more important to keep an inherent old-fashioned tone to it.–interjection (used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil.)
No, it's for an exam, this is why I'm so desperate! The idea is to imagine how people used to speak in the 16th century and then find an effective equivalent in modern English.If your teacher is just doing this for a lesson and not a real audience then chances are she's got her own idea (she's the one who hates the word, alas). You might as well ask her and let us know what she thinks!
It's not a word used in daily conversation, but most of my students would recognise it in a play or other text without need for further glossary!
Good question, since you've done the research and come up blank -- yet it is clear the examiner has an agenda with an answer in her own mind!Reading the original, I have no idea what it means, it's not an obvious thing!
Even the dictionaries only give the main meaning. (That doesn't fit here)
As a native English speaker, I've searched and can't find a definition of what it means even in the old sense.. let alone in a modern sense.
It doesn't make sense as an interjection of sorrow or grief, and it doesn't seem like it can be substituted with "regrettably / unfortunately"
Suzi, how would you say it in Modern English?
HahahaMaybe modern speakers SWEAR more in times of stress, so we don't say "Alas" anymore, we say "F^c%ing h@%%"
Pingu, can you tell us exactly what you've been asked to do?The idea is that it should sound as if it were spoken by a modern English speaker in everyday life.
Alx, the old woman is saying "Alas" over and over again"With alas and alas"
I suppose it could mean "with a sense of regret [she was sad about / didn't what to do it... for whatever reason]" (doubled for emphasis), but that's the only thing I can think of.