Grammar Nazi

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  1. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    "The thing of it is, is..."
     
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  2. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    NEVER VERB A NOUN.
     
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  3. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

  4. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    :laugh:
     
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  5. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's pretty bad when your own dog won't eat your homework.
     
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  6. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]
    This kinda stuff drives me absolutely batsh!t.
     
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  7. danie

    danie AKA danie

    Just take a breathe and keep calm your going two bee find.
     
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  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Keep com? :rofl:
     
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  9. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    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’”
    and,
    ”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.
     
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  10. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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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  11. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

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  12. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yer welcome!
     
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  13. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

  14. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    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.
     
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  15. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    "If I were"=action verb, i.e., "If I were to go..." "If I was"=noun, i.e. "If I was a chair..."
     
  16. Haunted

    Haunted My favorite place

    :rofl:
     
  17. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    "Was" (should) is always singular and past tense.

    "Were" (should) always be plural and usually potential. Many acceptions though in common vernacular.
     
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  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    "Exceptions"?
     
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  19. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I combine words.

    For brevitysake.
     
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  20. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    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:big_grin:
     
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