Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 20:58:09 -0400 From: "H Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University, SUNY)" Subject: Re: as it were On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Beth Lee Simon wrote: > 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". Forgive my saying so, but if the "subjunctive" is "was", then there is no subjunctive, in the grammatical sense, however much there may be a subjunctive in the semantic sense, which there will always be, as long as there are counterfactual/hypothetical or otherwise uncertain propositions. Best. 'Bye. Steve H Stephen STRAIGHT Binghamton University (SUNY) Anthropology & Linguistics LxC Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902-6000 Dir, Langs Across the Curric VOX: 607-777-2824; FAX: 607-777-2889