Could you help me understand the meaning of "be it practices" in the context below?

People will always find some aspect of another culture distasteful, be it practices, a way of treating friends or relatives, or simply a food that they can not manage to get down with a smile.

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    The form be it X (always followed by or X [or Z...] is equivalent to if/whether it's X [or y or z]. Someone else will have to provide the formal grammar/syntax background. Dec 15, 2014 at 18:25

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be it...or... is a common (albeit formal) construction in English that basically means the same thing as whether it is...or....

In your case, the sentence is saying "People will always find something they don't like about foreign cultures, whether it is their practices, how they treat friend/relatives, or bad food."


It is the present subjunctive mood.

  • But this hardly answers the main thrust of the question (about what the string means). Dec 15, 2014 at 20:38

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