"Lest we forget the truth"

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arjun78

Senior Member
India-Hindi
Hi,

Normally, I see lest being followed by 'should.' Is this always the case? Is it compulsory? For instance: we had a holocaust memorial, lest we forget the truth.

Doesn't 'should' sound redundant (as in 'lest we should forget the truth) in the above sentence? I am wondering whether we can do away with 'should' in ALL cases.

Warmly,
Arjun
 
  • sp4rk13

    Member
    UK
    English - USA & UK
    "We had a holocaust memorial, lest we forget the truth" is fine.

    I also think it sounds more natural without "should". In fact, here are some dictionary entries for "lest", where there are some example sentences that you can look at (they're in italics). Most of the example sentences don't use "should".

    Hope this helps :)
     
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