Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 11:17:54 -0700 From: Sylvia Swift Subject: Re: as it were > Stay tuned long enough to a C&W station, and you'll find that the > subjunctive mood is alive and well, but the form is "was". if i stay tuned to a c&w station long enough, i'll never finish my dissertation. i have noticed that there is also a song currently in mediumish rotation with the hook (and possibly the title) "if i were you, i'd fall in love with me." in dialects where indicative and subjunctive are now identical, i would argue that subjunctive is no longer alive and well. sylvia swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]