Thursday, May 1, 2008

If You Were to Care ...

I usually don't like to get school-marmy here (a task best achieved with made-up words like "school marmy"), but since I recently posted some info for someone else, I thought I'd post it here, too.

The person had asked whether it's "If i were taller, I'd be better at basketball" or "If I was taller ..."

The issue is called the subjunctive, and I posted an informal little primer here. Here's the spoiler: choose "were."

1 comment:

Joel said...

I'm a big fan of proper use of the subjunctive . . . but I'm most excited about your adjectification of schoolmarm. Oh, that sounds wrong.


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