Tuesday, June 17, 2008

GRAMMAR ANYONE?

A POSER

One of the following sentences is correct and one is incorrect.
Which is correct?
Which is incorrect?
Explain your choices.


"If I was a fly on the wall, I would write a book about the view."

"If I were a fly on the wall, I would write a book about the view."


TODAY'S WORD

The word for today is "vitriolic".
Define "vitriolic" and use it in a sentence.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are both correct. Both "was" and "were" have been used interchangeably in counterfactuals for 200 years. See The American Heritage Book of English Usage, The Columbia Guide to Standard American English, and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage.

arvind said...

'were' is correct according to queen's English