Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die
   is often heard but is wrong. The lines from Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" are "Their s not to reason why, / Their s but to do and die." Note that the closing words "do and die" give the lines an entirely different sense from "do or die." Finally, it should be noted that Tennyson's punctuation of theirs is irregular (see possessives).

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