Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 11:57:19 -0700 From: "Joseph B. Monda" Subject: Re: as it were I believe it's the REAL Mc Coy. Joseph B. Monda email: monda[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] smail: English Department Seattle University Seattle WA 98122 (206) 296-5425 On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Kathleen M. O'Neill wrote: > 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] > > >