Past-Subjunctive WAS in counter-to-fact IF clauses
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 30 00:03:07 UTC 2000
james e. clapp:
>Fowler's 1926 entry on "Subjunctives" is not easy reading, so I
>could be missing something--in which case I hope you will point out
>and explicate the relevant passage--but I just don't see anything in
>there about the appropriate verb form for referring to hypothetical
>circumstances contrary to fact in the past.
i see that i read fowler too hastily (it does takes some considerable
care to understand the passage in question). disregard my previous
comment on this topic.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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