Separate names with a comma.
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"The thing of it is, is..."
NEVER VERB A NOUN.
Yes, it's pretty bad when your own dog won't eat your homework.
This kinda stuff drives me absolutely batsh!t.
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I don't get it either, the whole ”was or were” thing. Despite English not being my first language I thought I had a fairly good grip on things, but I honestly don't understand the distinction. Let me take an example from the book I am currently reading, The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. On page 141 you can read the following sentences:
”’F**k,’ she says. ’That was close’”
”That would have been a broken hip and an ambulance, if it were me”.
I have no problem with the first sentence and the use of was. But the second one eludes me. I have been taught (or at least that is the way I remember it) that: I and it = was, they = were.
If anybody could help me with the rules regarding this I would be delighted.
I've found this at TheFreeDictionary.com (which is correct ? was vs. were. - English Grammar - English - The Free Dictionary Language Forums).
I feel silly even for asking this, but the issue has bothered me for years, and to this point, I've found no direct answer yet. I once wrote a similar sentence as what matches the second example, in a college paper, and my professor did not attempt to correct it.
So please, if you know why, and for what reasons, explain to me which answer of the following two sentences is correct.
1. "If I was smart, I would go to graduate school."
2. "If I were smart, I would go to graduate school."
For some reason, in my head, both sound somewhat acceptable. I know that 'were' sounds like it should go with 'you' as far as matching up pronouns and their proper verb forms with the past tense of 'to be.' But even though I feel like 'was' is more appropriate, 'were' still doesn't sound wrong to me, in these examples.
What do you think ?
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We have a thread for this. Can someone point me to it and I will merge this post with it. I can't remember what it was called.
"If I were"=action verb, i.e., "If I were to go..." "If I was"=noun, i.e. "If I was a chair..."
"Was" (should) is always singular and past tense.
"Were" (should) always be plural and usually potential. Many acceptions though in common vernacular.
I combine words.
Sorry - this post is so funny, but I can't explain why - I mean, I want to, but I don't know how to. . funny is as funny is