Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 09:29:33 -0500 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Re: as it were I believe it's NEAL McCoy. :-) --Kate >> I have heard the phrase, "as it were," such as, "The ball was round, as it >> were." The question I have, though, stems from the use of the plural >> past tense "were." If it were to be "grammatically" correct, would that >> not be "as it was"? Or is this a regional type of thing? Just a thought! > >if i were you, i'd check out "subjunctive mood" in a handbook of >english. then again, when i look it up in _the modern writer's >handbook_, i see, "the subjunctive mood is falling into disuse." witness >dilbert mccoy's current hit (country song), "if i was a drinkin' man." > >sylvia swift >madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >