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    were/was

    I'm not sure whether "was" should be "were."

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    Re: were/was

    Good afternoon,

    I am not a teacher, but I think you have one singular subject and 'was' seems to me better.

    See you letter.

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    Re: were/was

    It's not a matter of "singular vs plural." I'm wondering whether I should use the subjunctive; but I too think "was" is correct.

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    Re: were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    It's not a matter of "singular vs plural." I'm wondering whether I should use the subjunctive; but I too think "was" is correct.
    I would naturally use "were" but both are correct.

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    Re: were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would naturally use "were" but both are correct.
    So would I, but as I've said elsewhere this use of the subjunctive is on the wane in Br English; so now it can sound rather quaint, in 20/30 years I reckon it will sound decidedly old-fashioned, and in 100 years it will be plain archaic.

    In the meantime, your second sentence is right (One would have to question the planetary provenance of a 'teacher' who insisted on were here. )

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    Re: were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    So would I, but as I've said elsewhere this use of the subjunctive is on the wane in Br English; so now it can sound rather quaint, in 20/30 years I reckon it will sound decidedly old-fashioned, and in 100 years it will be plain archaic.
    One must analyse the second derivative to perform such future predictions (or at least check whether the function is monotonic).

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