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Post time 2003-12-12 10:50:55 |Display all floors
"rime Minister Wen Jiabao is offering Mr. Bush both cooperation and patience, and it ill behooves us to slap him around for selling us cheap bras. "
how do you think about the structure of "it ill behooves us to",esp. the word of  "ill".

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Post time 2003-12-12 11:41:04 |Display all floors

Should that be, "will."

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Post time 2003-12-12 15:54:07 |Display all floors

I thought so ever

But if so,how to explain the 's' in 'behooves'?there is no 's' behind 'will',u know.

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Post time 2003-12-12 17:03:07 |Display all floors

ill behooves == should not --> look at them as IF they were "one WORD"

ill behooves ... = should not ...

Definition
behove UK   [Show phonetics]
verb (US behoove) OLD-FASHIONED FORMAL
it behoves sb to  =  it is right for someone to do something:
It ill behoves you to (= You should not) speak so rudely of your parents.

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Post time 2003-12-12 18:27:51 |Display all floors

behoove

transitive senses : to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for

"It behooves us to go."

intransitive senses : to be necessary, fit, or proper  

"She was polite to her parents, as behooved."

So if you put "ill" before it, it reverses the meaning - not necessary, not proper, not advantageous.

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Post time 2003-12-12 21:13:08 |Display all floors

It is quite old fashioned.

and certainly young people would not use it.

More like a well educated older person's style.

Use "not appropriate for/to" instead

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Post time 2003-12-13 19:04:21 |Display all floors

Post-Modernization topic,Pre-language usage :8

Thanx all

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