Russians create artificial human brain

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Mon Apr 16 17:33:04 EST 2001


mark edward hardwidge wrote:

>         I'm kind of stupid.  Could you remind me of exactly when we
> use "was" and when we use "were"?  Some cases are obvious to me, but
> not all.

It's the subjunctive mode, any high school level English text will go
into detail about.  It's for situations that are assumptions,
hypotheticals, known to be contrary to fact, wishes, recommendations,
etc.

The canonical example is, "If I were a rich man ..."

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