UTA_flyinghigh
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Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:35 am

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.

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ly7e7
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:36 am

"I wish I were" - would be the correct option.
Same goes for "If ..."
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:36 am

No, I don't know who.
I get paid to convert dead dino juice into noise.
 
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:38 am

I henceforth stand corrected. Rhaa.

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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:39 am

'I wish I were a Swede.'

'I was tired last night.'

[Edited 2005-02-09 16:41:20]
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:40 am

'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
 
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:42 am

OYRJA ,
He said "an Swede" , so perhaps something else rather a Swedish nationality is implied  Smile
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:47 am

Well Swede is a Swede. What else is called a Swede except for a person coming from Sweden? Big grin
 
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:48 am

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).
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Pe@rson
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:52 am

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
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RE: Correct Usage Of "was" And "were"

Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:54 am

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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