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    Dear Forum Users,

    Could anyone please tell me whether was/were is the correct verb in the following:

    In the previous section a pragmatic analysis of three instances of irony was/were provided.? (involving 3 different ironies and 3 different pragmatic analyses)

    Thank you.


    Csika

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    Default Re: Was or were?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    Could anyone please tell me whether was/were is the correct verb in the following:

    In the previous section a pragmatic analysis of three instances of irony was/were provided.? (involving 3 different ironies and 3 different pragmatic analyses)

    Thank you.


    Csika
    See my correction in red..
    Good luck

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    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) According to the rules, what was provided? Answer: an analysis. (NOT: three instances.)

    (2) Nevertheless, many native speakers would use "were" because they let the

    sound of "three instances" make the decision as to the correct verb.

    (3) Be careful (here are two terrible examples of mine):

    (a) He gave me a book of rules that was published in 1931. (I am referring to the book)

    (b) He gave me a book of rules that were considered OK in 1931. (I am referring to the rules.)

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    Default Re: Was or were?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) According to the rules, what was provided? Answer: an analysis. (NOT: three instances.)

    (2) Nevertheless, many native speakers would use "were" because they let the

    sound of "three instances" make the decision as to the correct verb.

    (3) Be careful (here are two terrible examples of mine):

    (a) He gave me a book of rules that was published in 1931. (I am referring to the book)

    (b) He gave me a book of rules that were considered OK in 1931. (I am referring to the rules.)
    My hat is being raise for you, TheParser.

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    Default Re: Was or were?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ayed View Post
    My hat is being raise for you, ...
    The idiom is 'I take my hat off to you'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The idiom is 'I take my hat off to you'.
    Thank you for furnishing me with this idiom.

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