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    as it were

    Dear all,


    what is the meaning of 'as it were'

    Andrewa became, as it were, the father of Peyer

    Can I say 'as it is' or 'as they were' 'as they are' depending on the tense and whether the subject is plural or singular

    Peter and John become, as they are, the founder of this company

    Many thanks
    Last edited by duiter; 29-Apr-2011 at 16:31. Reason: grammar

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    Re: as it were

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,


    what is the meaning of 'as it were'

    Andrewa became, as it were, the father of Peyer

    Can I say 'as it is' or 'as they were' 'as they are' depending on the tense and whether the subject is plural or singular

    Peter and John become, as they are, the founder of this company

    Many thanks
    No, you can't change it. It's a set expression. It means "so to speak"/"in a manner of speaking".

    It's overused by weak writers and is one of those annoying phrases like "per se" or "if you will". In almost all cases it's not needed.


    Andrewa became, as it were, the father of Peyer = I guess he's not really his father but became sort of like a father? I need more context.

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    Re: as it were

    to freezeframe

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