hortatory subjunctives

From: Bart Ehrman (behrman@email.unc.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 30 1999 - 14:35:11 EDT

   What do you (y'all) think of translating hortatory subjunctives as "we
should" instead of "let us"? I don't think we use the latter any more in
normal speech, do we? (For what I have in mind -- a formal translation --
I don't think "let's" will work; too colloquial.) But I'm not sure if the
former really catches the flavor.

-- Bart D. Ehrman
   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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