Re: The Toolbox
Any help with the subjunctive (I think it's the subjunctive)?
I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I should be writing: 'If I were a Grammar God, I would know all about the subjunctive.' etc. but I've got stuck on things like:
'He looked at me as if I was an idiot'
'I felt as if I was carrying the whole city'
'I decided I was real, and, if I was real, then so was the house.'
'I lay trying to work out if I could move... trying to decide if I was dead'
So search and replace is not my friend, and since I'm not very sure what the rules are... I'm stuck.
EDIT: Ah ha! Is it because of the conditional? So: 'If I were a Grammar God...' (because obviously I'm not), and 'If I was rather confused' (because I am), so my examples are okay as 'was' because... um... they're not really conditional + negative. Right?
Last edited by Hex; 5th February 2012 at 04:36 PM.