Russians create artificial human brain

Charles R Martin crmartin at indra.com
Mon Apr 16 21:06:11 EST 2001


Erik Max Francis <max at alcyone.com> writes:

> 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 ..."

but the subjunctive use of "were" is _not_ necessarily followed by
"laidle daidle daidle diai-dee dee dee deedle daidle dum."

> 
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