+0
I'm confused on the use of was and were when coupled with the pronoun "it". When "it" is used to replace a singular noun, then shouldn't one use "was" to go with it? Yet grammar check in Microsoft Word says "were" is accepible. Here is the context:

The trophy was in his closet. If it were/was mine, I'd have it on the mantle.
+0
In all indicative mood sentences, it is a singular pronoun taking the singular verb. The example that you have exhumed, however, is a use of the subjunctive were used in conditional sentences stating a present condition contrary to fact (the trophy is not in fact the speaker's). Were appears with all subjects in this type of sentence:

If it were raining now, I would be very wet.
If I were king, I would rid the nation of its woes.
If she were cuter, I would ask her for a date.
If they were rich, they wouldn't be borrowing my car
.
etc.

This use of the subjunctive is quite formal these days, and you will often see was in the place of were with1st and 3rd person singular subjects.
+0
Mister MicawberThis use of the subjunctive is quite formal these days, and you will often see was in the place of were with1st and 3rd person singular subjects.

A good argument for the establishment of SPUSMA (Society for the Preservation of the Use of the Subjunctive Mood in America).Emotion: smile
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Comments  
Mister MicawberIn all indicative mood sentences, it is a singular pronoun taking the singular verb. The example that you have exhumed, however, is a use of the subjunctive were used in conditional sentences stating a present condition contrary to fact (the trophy is not in fact the speaker's). Were appears with all subjects in this type of sentence:

Unfortunately, there are those well-meaning, educated folk who misuse the subjunctive after "if", when a simple indicative is needed: "I did't know if he were coming or not" is not an example of contrary-to-fact and should be "I didn't know if he was coming or not". This is quite different from "If he were coming I would bake a cake" (but we know that he isn't coming).
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?

That's why most English kids FAIL in English exam.

He, She, It use Was

I, We, They, You use Were.


Thanks