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    • I came accross the following exchange on the Internet and am not sure what to make of it seeing that both women are expert native speakers of English. Needless to say, no more was said about this further on in the forum.

      My guess is, Maryanne is right, but is she really?


      Maryanne Khan says:
      December 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm
      Melissa,
      not to be mean, but I noticed that you said “If you would replace the interrogative pronoun (who or whom) with him, then you should use whom” when the subjunctive case is appropriate. “If you replaced . . .” or “If you were to replace.”




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    Default Re: If you would do something, you should do something

    "If you would replace" sounds unnatural to me, and there is no such thing as 'the subjunctive case'.
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    From this very brief bio, I would venture to suggest that Maryanne Khan is not a native speaker of English. She is currently located in Australia but it says she has been "living abroad" for 26 years. 2 of her 4 books are based in Pakistan and her surname suggests that she may well be from that part of the world.
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    Default Re: If you would do something, you should do something

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "If you would replace" sounds unnatural to me ...
    Is this to say that Melissa made a mistake? Why then did she refuse to stand corrected?

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    Default Re: If you would do something, you should do something

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Is this to say that Melissa made a mistake? Why then did she refuse to stand be corrected?
    Some people will never admit their mistakes.
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