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    As If He Was/Were

    Charley looked as if he were not entirely sure that the question would would keep so long.

    -- why, really he looked as if he was afraid I would bite him.

    Why is one was, and the other were?

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Charley looked as if he were not entirely sure that the question would would keep so long.

    -- why, really he looked as if he was afraid I would bite him.

    Why is one was, and the other were?
    In everyday speech, was is the more commonly used form.

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    In everyday speech, was is the more commonly used form.
    Not in my everyday speech it isn't.

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Charley looked as if he were not entirely sure that the question would would keep so long.

    -- why, really he looked as if he was afraid I would bite him.

    Why is one was, and the other were?
    Are both examples from the same text? It could be a question of style if not.

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are both examples from the same text? It could be a question of style if not.
    From the same books, in different pages.

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    From the same books, in different pages.
    Is the first one narrative and the second dialogue?

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Yes, like that.

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    Re: As If He Was/Were

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Yes, like that.
    Well, if the second example is narrative, presumably the author is writing how the character speaks, and in the narrative is using his/her own (correct) style.

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