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Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:25:47 AM

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Glory be to God!
Cambridge Dictionary | glory

Question: What does this sentence mean?

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:35:30 AM

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"May all the glory be given to God!"

thar
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:59:13 AM

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It is not the simple infinitive. It is a subjunctive form, expressing desire, obligation. it just looks like an infinitive. Whistle


As to why 'be to ' rather than 'be given to' - that is just the archaic language and the way the words were used at the time.



https://www.lexico.com/grammar/when-to-use-the-subjunctive
Quote:
4. Set phrases
For categories 1–3 using the subjunctive is optional. However, there are many set phrases which contain a hidden subjunctive as part of the phrase:

come what may
Far be it from me to…
God save the Queen!
Heaven forbid!
Perish the thought!
so be it
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done...
suffice it to say...
woe betide...
Possibly, it is failure to recognize that suffice it to say is subjunctive, with it as the grammatical subject, that leads many people to say suffice to say.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:53:28 PM

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Thanks, JJ and thar.

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