Friday, June 13, 2014


FOR THE GRAMMAR POLICE AND FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO WRITE BETTER

7 Important Rules

1. The subjunctive
This one is pretty simple. When you're writing about a non-true situation — usually following the word if or the verb wish — the verb to be is rendered as were.
So:
* If I was were a rich man.
* I wish I was were an Oscar Mayer wiener.
* If Hillary Clinton was were president, things would be a whole lot different.
If you are using if for other purposes (hypothetical situations, questions), you don't use the subjunctive.
* The reporter asked him if he were was happy.
* If an intruder were was here last night, he would have left footprints, so let's look at the ground outside"

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since most people in Brownsville speak Spanish, the subjunctive should be natural to them.

Anonymous said...

Since most people in Brownsville speak Spanish, the subjunctive should be natural to them.