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Volcano
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 5:09:58 AM
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Not lie, I would die before in 3 days with this sorrow.

Is it correct?
Luftmarque
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 5:26:16 AM

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No, and the "Not lie" phrase, after being corrected to the "No lie" idiom, would be suitable for casual conversation or quotation only, not formal writing. You can use "before" or "in" but not both. So we would have…

No lie, I would die in three days with this sorrow.

But I would prefer to reverse the final phrases to highlight "sorrow" and, if speaking the line, would put an emphasis on "this":

No lie, with this sorrow I would die in three days.
Volcano
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 5:35:01 AM
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Thank you, Luftmarque.
MarySM
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 8:00:23 AM
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I would like to mention one more thing. When any number under 10 is written, it should be spelled out. Therefore, 3 should be three. I see that Luftmarque caught that and spelled it out.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 8:30:36 AM

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added point, in 3 days means 3 days exactly. If you mean any time before 3 days have passed, try

"within three days"
kaleem
Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 8:53:36 PM
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"No lie, I would die within three days with this sorrow".



saintvivant1
Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 12:32:06 AM
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What is the context of this phrase? If in a poem, it might sound better to say it this way:
"No lie, I would die ere three days with this sorrow."
Volcano
Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 10:20:27 AM
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Poet means that his passing away would not take three days, maybe in 30 mins, 15 hours, 2 day, something like this; but not third day or after three days.
thar
Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 11:35:11 AM

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No lie is very modern and "street", it feels like it doesn't fit with a "poetic" style of classic English.

Try "truth be told", "in truth", "I lie not", ?

"Ere" sounds good, but my first instinct was to add "ere three days are passed", as it seems to me to hang a little on its own, but that is a personal feeling.

Definitely go for "ere" or "within" -not " in": "in three days" is a clock counting down to an exact event in three days

within is good English but not "poetic",
"I will die before three days are out /
before three days are passed
ere three days have gone,

is more flowery, and seems to suit the style of an overwrought romantic poem, it just depends how flowery you want to get.
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