悉達多 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago

English grammar

My question is about English grammar. Several days ago,I read China Times and found a sentence said by a famous man once studying in England confusing me, which is\" if I was foreign minister, I would not make these kinds of arrangements. \" Can we use \"was\" instead of \"were\" in this sentence?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Certainly yes!

    Teachers in Taiwan always teach us "were" but "was". However, I'm sure "was" is a correct form for the sentence. On the other hand, "were" is more formal than "was".

    Source(s): me
  • Peavey
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    1 decade ago

    個人不太相信這是出自於China Times,

    第一點,我同意 melinda的說法,雖然說If引導的副詞子句不一定就代表他是假設語氣,但是它主要子句的助動詞很明顯用would..這表示他要使用與現在事實相反的假設語氣..那副詞子句就一定要用were才行,was就錯了

    第二點,"if I was foreign minister" 這句看起來不是很怪異嗎

    應該是"If i were a foreign minister, ........"才不會犯上寫作英文的文法錯誤吧,就算用was後面是不是也應該要加個冠詞??

    這種文法錯誤,我不太相信他是出自於china times...~~!!

  • 1 decade ago

    i didn't agree with that.

    were-more than one

    was-only one

    I'm not sure about that...

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, the correct way is " If I were foreign minister, I would not make these kinds of arrangements." When you talk about something which is opposite with the fact, you need to use "were", no matter the subject is "I"; "You"; or "He/She".

    However, many Americans use "was" in this kind of sentence while they speak.

    Source(s): 在紐約教英文的英文老師
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