Mine be a hut

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Senior Member
Hindi (West Uttar Pradesh)
Hi all,
there is a sentence from my text book given in the examples of sentences of optative mood:

'Mine be a hut beside the river Ganges.'
It means 'I wish there were a hut of mine beside the river Ganges'.

But I think sentence (mine be a hut...) is not idiomatic. I have not read such a construction before. Please guide me in this matter.

Thank you very much.
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    No, definitely not! It might have been idiomatic three or four hundred years ago, possibly . . . but no-one would ever say this now, or even write it, in any kind of style.


    New Member
    British English
    entangledbank is right. Maybe Shakespeare would have written it, but nobody would use this now.
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