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    The King's Speech

    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
    Sambodia

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    Re: The King's Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambodia View Post
    I saw this dialogue and I wonder if someone can give his/her input on below the question below:

    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 in advance.
    Sambodia
    When you say "I saw this dialogue...", what do you mean? You read both those sentences together in a dialogue in a book?

    Which one do you think is correct and why?

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    Re: The King's Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambodia View Post
    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
    Sambodia


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    (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.

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    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.

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    Re: The King's Speech

    Thank you very much for your helpful answer
    Cheers
    Sambodia

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    Re: The King's Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    (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.
    Actually, the person asking the question in the film was the Duke's wife. However, she was posing the question as a hypothetical one, and therefore 'were' is correct.

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