The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0510 Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2008 15:12:45 +0200
Subject: 19.0472 (An)imadversions
Comment: Re: SHK 19.0472 (An)imadversions
"An" meaning "if" is not a "pseudo-Shakespearean word", as claimed by John
Briggs; it occurs in the Quartos. It is true, though, that the Folio almost
exclusively uses "and" (meaning "if"). Eighteenth-century editors invariably
preferred "an", which permits easy pronunciation of the frequent collocation "an
if." See details in Franz' Shakespeare Grammatik, ?564. Radical modernisation
might arguably entail replacing both forms by "if." Sine animo.
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