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It's a word

sobeit (so-BEE-it) (conjunction): Provided that.

ETYMOLOGY:
From so + be + it.

USAGE:
"Not by rough tongues and ready fists
Can you hope to jilt in the modern lists.
The armies of a littler folk
Shall pass you under the victor's yoke,
Sobeit a nation that trains her sons
To ride their horses and point their guns."
Alan Seeger; A Message to America; 1915.



So, when do we use one word and when do we use three? Is it interchangeable?

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xoder
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I think it's mostly a style thing. We also have "albeit" for much the same reason.
herecomesthejac
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I agree, its a style thing. I'd use So be it at the end of a sentence, kind of like "Amen" or "So Mote it be" kind of way. Kinda like people say "period"
memeslayer
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
They're not interchangeable. "So be it" is a sentence on its own and indicates an acknowledgment or acceptance of something that's happening. This page has an example.
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mountainheather
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
But how would anyone really know if you were using it as one word or not, if spoken?
tenthz
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I think that is the confusing part here, especially since they have different meanings!
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