Wednesday, August 24, 2005

what I'd truly love to be

Last night, a question of grammar occured to me... Which is correct: "I wish I was" or "I wish I were" (a la the Oscar Mayer wiener song).

So, I asked Michael, my happy hubby / resident grammar snob. He said it was "was" instead of "were." Seeing as how I am never able to accept only one opinion as a definitive answer, I decided to google it today.

The answer? Both are correct. "Were" is more formal, but "was" is perfectly acceptable in casual conversation.

More info here or here for geeks like me.


posted by Jennifer at 8/24/2005 11:38:00 AM

Blogger The Kraken said...

Did you happen to Google the word "seening" and realize that it's not a word?

8/24/2005 02:18:00 PM  

Blogger Jennifer said...

I don't know what you're talking about, you silly person, you.

8/25/2005 07:22:00 AM  

Blogger The Kraken said...

That's a dirty trick. Now I look like a whino. For all of you out there who are just showing up, Jennifer made up the word "Seening" and when I called her out on it, she changed it. Now I look like a fool. I assure you it was there originally.

8/25/2005 12:40:00 PM  

Anonymous Jamie said...

For a non native speaker like me that's good to know actually. I always wondered about the was/were problem and I'm particularly pleased when I find out that native speakers wonder about the same things I do.

8/26/2005 12:47:00 PM  

Blogger stevie.be. said...

and now i am enlightened :) or is.. have been enlightened?

8/27/2005 07:00:00 PM  

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