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Hamlet 1: His Father's Ghost

Hamlet returns home to find his father has died. Zimbabwean actor Tonderai Munyevu explains how Hamlet is about a man who has to figure out what happened while he was away.

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We use 'would' + infinitive to talk about habits and repeated actions in the past. Talking about his childhood in Zimbabwe, Tonderai remembers:

We always heard Shakespearean lines or words spoken without realising that they were Shakespearean. 'All that glitters is not gold' is something that we would say. 'Constant as the northern star' is something that we would say. 'To be or not to be' is something that we would say.

This meaning of 'would' is similar to 'used to'.


Task 4



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Abdo Hassan f,

This is a sentence which is taken, as you say, from a literary context and it uses inversion for rhetorical effect. The verb is an imperative and the speaker is giving strong advice - almost a command:

Be true to yourself (without inversion, with the modern word for 'yourself')

Be true to your own self (without inversion, using a more poetic flourish)

Be true to thine own self (without inversion, using a more poetic flourish and an older word for 'your')

To thine own self be true (with inverstion)



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for clarification

I can find similar story on the book of Odyssey, when Ulises return to Ithaka where her wife Penelope was courted by many suitors. Then Ulises won the proof what Penelope had set marry with the winner. After that Ulises killed all suitors, and return with Penelope.
The difference with Hamlet is that Ulises isn't the son of Penelope if not her husband.

A Tale of two Cities:
The high pressure will cause explosion ..
In time of war you cannot know who is guilty and who is innocent
but there is a place for love ..and unlimited trend
this what had happened for Sydney Carton..when he decided to die to bring the happiness for Lucy Manatte ...
it is different of Hamlet full of events ,..the Revenge will go in wrong direction when innocent one(Charles) will pay for his family mistakes..However Sydney Carton decided to pay and silently the love was the victorious.

I really really really love this part of "study break " about Shakespeare! :D

Hello to everyone!,
I have just enjoyed this platform.
I hope to learning English very well.

Hi .. still traying to be will in english ..

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from the top of the "Duomo" of Milan when a strange character tell him "if you give me your soul I can make you live as an adult from the days before your mother's birth". So the novel begins, from a return in ...

I don't know much about theater, but I want to share you one of some German literature I read before. "Faust" was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and is about a professor who has spent his whole life by learning and doing some academic work. When he realized he hasn't been enjoying his life and wanted the old time back, a demonic soul appeared and gave him an offer. So, he was young again and met a beautiful young lady. Unfortunately, things went wrong and they weren't together at the end of the story.
I don't know whether my story is similar to or different from Hamlet because i did not read hamlet yet.

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