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    Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    Is it right to say "There were a cleft."
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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    It's correct in that sentence. It's a subjunctive form for a counterfactual situation after 'as though'.

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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    1-The floods were rising and it was as if it was the end of the world.



    Can we say:

    The floods were rising and it was as though it were the end of the world.


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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    Yes.

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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    I found that on the internet:
    Subjunctive means
    "Use the simple form of the verb. The simple form is the infinitive without the "to." The simple form of the verb "to go" is "go."
    In my sentence we use 'were" not "be".Do you have more explanation?

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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    The present subjunctive of BE is be; the past subjunctive is were.

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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    So that means we use 'subjunctive' in both forms past and present.After 'as though" we use the past form because we imagine or suppose something.

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    Re: Is it right to say "There were a cleft."

    When appropriate, yes.

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