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thy will be done +preposition

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RazaMeTimbers Tue 11-Nov-14 14:10:00

I'm trying to use the form 'thy will be done' (as in the prayer) but am not sure how to continue the sentence. Is somebody's will done upon or to somebody/something else? (or another preposition)

MrsHathaway Tue 11-Nov-14 14:12:19

For, I think. Upon doesn't make sense and to is borderline.

You know "be" is present subjunctive, right?

RazaMeTimbers Tue 11-Nov-14 15:27:08

Thanks MrsHathaway,
I don't think 'for' fits. I should add the context smile

when a man imposes (or is allowed to impose) his will on a woman (rape)...

'thy will be done upon our women'

I know it reads awkwardly but I want to keep the format of the prayer. What about 'unto'

MrsHathaway Tue 11-Nov-14 20:53:36

I don't think it's going to work. The context matters hugely. It's like when people use "winter of discontent" and I want to tear my hair out <irrelevant>

In the prayer, He gets what He wants because we do it - there's an implied "by us" or something. In the analogy, he gets what he wants because he does it. But I don't think we use "will" in that way.

Is it a witty stylistic shoehorn or a fundamental part of what you're doing?

RazaMeTimbers Tue 11-Nov-14 21:18:32

Yes I think you're right. Must look at changing the sentence. No worries. Thanks for your help.

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