John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Subjunctives Make Me Plotz

Snagged from english_majors: Grammar Girl: The Subjective Subjunctive

I put this here because, English Wonk as I may be, there are bits of the language that give me fits, and the subjunctive case (e.g., "If I were a rich man...") is one of them. I always want to use "was" to make it agree with the singular subject, but subjunctive doesn't work that way.

"Lay/lie" is another one that gets up my nose.

-The Gneech

EDIT: More Grammar Girl. Good stuff!

ANOTHER EDIT: I should add that I vehemently disagree with the powers that be regarding the use of "they" as a replacement for "he or she." Call me a heretic if you will, but I say "THEY" and will bite you if you change it to "he" or "she" or "he or she." "They" is elegant and correct.
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