Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Subjunctive

Every once and a while, FLG is astonished by well-educated people who don't use the subjunctive mood when expressing a possibility or action that hasn't yet occurred in the dependent clause.

That description is far more formal than what normally goes through FLG's head, which is something like this:
FLG: Why'd they write "was" there? It should be "were."

FLG: Why "were?"

FLG: It sounds better. "Was" sounds wrong.

3 comments:

The Ancient said...

What, you expect people to re-read their posts before clicking on "publish your comment"?

(That's patently unfair to those of us who are blowing through straws at our "cripple-friendly keyboards"!)

Withywindle said...

If I were a rich man ...

FLG said...

The Ancient:

Are you kidding me? You think I re-read my blog posts? This is in published material and, well, among my classmates.

 
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