I saw this dialogue and wonder if someone can give his input on below question:
And what if my husband were the Duke of York? or
And what if my husband was the Duke of York?
Which one is correct and why?
Thanks is advance
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I think that under most circumstances, the correct answer would be
"What if the Duke of York were my husband?"
(a) we are using the so-called subjunctive. We use the subjunctive when it is
not actual reality (If I were the president, I would .... Of course, I am NOT the
president! And I assume that the Duke of York is NOT the husband of the
lady who is speaking.)
(b) "What if the Duke of York was my husband?" would be correct if the lady with
whom you were talking was actually the wife of the Duke.
P. S. A small point that may interest you. You wrote "someone can give his
input." Although that is perfect English, today in 2011 people in the United
States prefer that you say/write something like give his/her input or even
(although it breaks the rule) their input. (We no longer use "his input" because
we want to show equal respect to women.)
Last edited by TheParser; 05-Sep-2011 at 11:55.
Thank you very much for your helpful answer