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Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

What exactly is the correct usage ?
For instance, would you say I wish I was or I wish I were sleeping ?
I am currently having this argument with you-know-who.

UTA


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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

"I wish I were" - would be the correct option.
Same goes for "If ..."



2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

No, I don't know who.


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

I henceforth stand corrected. Rhaa.

UTA



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

'I wish I were a Swede.'

'I was tired last night.'

[Edited 2005-02-09 16:41:20]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

'I wish I were an Swede.'


Why on earth do you wish for that Pearson???  Laugh out loud
If you go to Sweden and take a look at their alcohol prices I will bet that you would take those words back Big grin


User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

OYRJA ,
He said "an Swede" , so perhaps something else rather a Swedish nationality is implied  Smile



2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Well Swede is a Swede. What else is called a Swede except for a person coming from Sweden? Big grin

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

It's the subjunctive.... having learnt about the subjunctive when I learnt french.

http://www.ceafinney.com/subjunctive/

Statements with an 'if' in, "If I were a rich man" (fiddler on the roof).



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

I put 'an' by accident. I did, of course, mean 'a.'

It was a difficult choice. I could have put a 'Dane,' but then... well... hmm... OK... which country has the cheapest alcohol?  Big grin



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Denmark!! The cut the prices 40% last year Big grin
So if I were you I would be a Dane. I'm actually Swede because my damn passport say so.


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