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    Was is another word that can replace was, be, is, are, and were?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskyluver01 View Post
    Was is another word that can replace was, be, is, are, and were?
    Welcome to the forums! But I don't understand your question.
    Do you mean 'What is another word..........?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskyluver01 View Post
    Was is another word that can replace was, be, is, are, and were?
    In English the verb "to be" joins a subject and an adjective. It is called "copula" in this case and that means "that which joins" . In many languages it has no translation and no corresponding form
    In this sense, there are certain verbs that can function in the same way. These are verbs like: seem, look, feel,..etc.
    Consider the following examples:
    He is tired. / He seems to be tired.He seems tired.
    He was angry. / He looked angry.
    It is soft. / It feels soft.

    I hope that I understood what you meant by your question and that I was of any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mekdad View Post
    In English the verb "to be" joins a subject and an adjective. It is called "copula" in this case and that means "that which joins" . In many languages it has no translation and no corresponding form
    In this sense, there are certain verbs that can function in the same way. These are verbs like: seem, look, feel,..etc.
    Consider the following examples:
    He is tired. / He seems to be tired.He seems tired.
    He was angry. / He looked angry.
    It is soft. / It feels soft.

    I hope that I understood what you meant by your question and that I was of any some help.
    I doubt that's what huskyluver01 meant but one can't know for sure. Hopefully (s)he will clarify the question and we won't have to continue guessing.
    In the meantime, my guess is that (s)he is looking for words that can replace the various forms of the verb to be.

    eg, He (was)(served as)(acted as) the chairman of the meeting.
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    He is tired. / He seems to be tired. He seems tired. not really the same meaning

    He was angry. / He looked angry. not really the same meaning
    It is soft. / It feels soft. pretty much the same meaning


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    He is tired. / He seems to be tired. He seems tired. not really the same meaning

    He was angry. / He looked angry. not really the same meaning
    It is soft. / It feels soft. pretty much the same meaning

    2006 [/QUOTE]

    I disagree about the third pair.

    The first sentence of all three pairs presents the situation described by the adjective as a fact. The second presents it as how it is perceived by one of the senses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    I disagree about the third pair.

    The first sentence of all three pairs presents the situation described by the adjective as a fact. The second presents it as how it is perceived by one of the senses.[/QUOTE]
    But if you actually feel something and it feels soft, you can legitimately say it is soft.
    On the other hand, "seems" and "looked" are not as definte. At least, that's how I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I disagree about the third pair.

    The first sentence of all three pairs presents the situation described by the adjective as a fact. The second presents it as how it is perceived by one of the senses.
    But if you actually feel something and it feels soft, you can legitimately say it is soft.
    On the other hand, "seems" and "looked" are not as definte. At least, that's how I see it. [/QUOTE]

    It feels soft, but it isn't really,

    seem = appear (to most of the senses)
    look = appear (to the eye)
    sound = appear (to the ear)
    taste = appear (to the tongue)
    feel = appear (to the fingers, etc)

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    It feels soft, but it isn't really,[/QUOTE]
    I think that's a very odd sentence. How else would one decide if it is or isn't soft?

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