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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 7:58:29 AM
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netherworld
underworld

Do both words have the same meaning of a place where the souls of the deceased go to?

Thanks.
Sarrriesfan
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Koh Elaine wrote:
netherworld
underworld

Do both words have the same meaning of a place where the souls of the deceased go to?

Thanks.


Yes they both have that meaning, and both are also used to describe things to do with criminals and organised crime.

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thar
Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 9:05:43 AM

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Yes, just different ways of saying the same thing. The world which is under ours, or the world which is 'down there, low down'.


Like the Netherlands, but without the tulips or windmills. Whistle

And in western theologies, only in classical religions - Greek, Roman, it can be OK. Just not as good as heaven.
In Christian terminology, on the other hand, the netherworld is hell.
NKM
Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 5:28:55 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
netherworld
underworld

Do both words have the same meaning of a place where the souls of the deceased go to?

Thanks.

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Both words can have that meaning, but nowadays "underworld" more often refers to the realm of criminal activity.

ByTheBook
Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 10:11:59 PM

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"where the souls of the deceased go to."
Hey, Koh! Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. 😀 (or you might end up in the grammatical netherworld 😀)
Drag0nspeaker
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ByTheBook wrote:
"where the souls of the deceased go to."
Hey, Koh! Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. 😀 (or you might end up in the grammatical netherworld 😀)

Quote:
In fact, English syntax not only allows but sometimes even requires final placement of the preposition, as in We have much to be thankful for and That depends on what you believe in. Efforts to rewrite such sentences to place the preposition elsewhere can have stilted and even comical results, as is demonstrated in the saying (often attributed, probably falsely, to Winston Churchill) "This is the kind of pedantic nonsense up with which I will not put."
American Heritage

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Usage: The practice of ending a sentence with a preposition (Venice is a place I should like to go to) was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable and is the preferred form in many contexts.
Collins English Dictionary

In this particular sentence, the 'to' can simply be omitted:
Do both words have the same meaning of 'a place where the souls of the deceased go'?
Alternatively (though it sounds very old-fashioned) one can use the adverb 'whither':
Do both words have the same meaning of 'whither go the souls of the deceased'?


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 10:53:53 AM
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Thanks to all of you.
thar
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 11:12:50 AM

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Aside, just for fun.

Yes, 'whither' is old-fashioned, even archaic. But it is beautiful!

Biblical version:
Quote:
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:


Modern version
Where you go, I go.

Modern reply:
Stop stalking me. I have a restraining order!

NKM
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:10:40 PM

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I like to use whither and whence whenever I can get away with it, which is not very often.

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