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    Default Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

    It seemed so close in 2008. That summer, Newsweek's one-time "Asian of the Year" emerged from a long period of humiliation and incarceration that had begun in 1998 when, after falling out with the country's long-term leader, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar had been stripped of office on what were widely regarded as trumped up charges of corruption and sodomy. The news made global headlines: the great leader of the "reformasi" movement was not only down but jailed too.

    Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

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    Default Re: Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

    *Not a teacher

    Not, it shouldn't.

    ... Anwar had been stripped of office on what were widely regarded as trumped up charges of corruption and sodomy...

    Passive voice, plural.

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    Default Re: Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

    SirGod is right.

    The charges were . . .trumped up.

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    Default Re: Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

    The law of proximity would require was. Let's make a substitution:
    it was regarded as .....

    and an immediate question could be:
    What was regarded ... ?

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    Default Re: Should 'was' be used instead of 'were'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BookAddict View Post
    The law of proximity would require was. Let's make a substitution:
    it was regarded as .....

    and an immediate question could be:
    What was regarded ... ?
    It's not a law. It's something that happens in speech.

    But in written English, you still need to have correct subject-verb agreement.

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