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    When we embrace Nichiren Diashonin's Buddhism, and propagate the religion so that others can also achieve happiness, we will feel as though we are / were wearing a robe full of fragrance.

    Which word in bold should I use? Can the sentence be improved upon?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Thanks, Tdol.

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    Re: correct verb

    Hi Tdol

    When we embrace Nichiren Diashonin's Buddhism, and propagate the religion so that others can also achieve happiness, we will feel as though we are / were wearing a robe full of fragrance.

    Your reply was I should use 'are'. My thinking is that it is an imaginary robe that we are wearing. This means that in fact we are physically not having the robe on our body. So I feel that it is hypothetical, and so the verb 'were' should be used. It's only my opinion.

    I'm comparing what I've just said with the following sentences:

    He wishes that he were a millionaire. (But he is not a millionaire.)

    I wish I had an aeroplane. (But I don't have an aeroplane.)

    Let's go back to the sentence: We will feel as though we were wearing a robe full of fragrance. (But we are not wearing such a robe.)

    I'm wondering why since the wearing of fragrant robes is something that is not actually being done, just imaginary, and yet we have to use the verb 'are'.

    Another question is should the comma after 'Buddhism', be removed?

    Thanks in advance for your explanation, Tdol.

    Best wishes
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 06-Apr-2007 at 06:24. Reason: improve text

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