HomeWritersLiterary AgentsEditorsPublishersResourcesDiscussion
Forum Login | Join the discussion
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: was versus were

  1. #1
    Derek Wayne
    Guest

    was versus were


    WORD 2007 has corrected the following sentences:

    ...none of them were very hungry for lunch. (WORD says should be WAS--they wasn't hungry???)

    ...I was there with you. (WORD says WERE--I were very confused.)

    Bottom line? Spelling and grammar check are great tools, but please, don't assume that they're correct. WTF.

    Does anybody have other examples?

    DW



  2. #2
    Gregory White
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    I have one. It is a piece of dialogue from a short story I've written but Word tried to screw me over:

    “Carrying flower arrangements and wreaths from the front door takes quite a bit of time. All that running back and forth. I don’t know why you won’t let them deliver around back."

    Word tried to turn 'takes' into 'take'.
    Shortened, if I had listened to Word, would have read:

    "Carrying take time." instead of my
    "Carrying takes time."

    Greg

  3. #3
    Stacy Copping
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    My MC is named Pearl. Word refuses to understand why I capitalize Pearl midsentence.

    I can't give a specific example of another instance, but Word frequently finds fault where there is none. I still wouldn't write without it.

    Stacy

  4. #4
    Jeanne Gassman
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    Word is correct on the first one. None is your subject and it's considered singular. None (the same as NO ONE) WAS hungry.

    Everyone is also singular (for future reference).

    I have no idea why Word would change the other sentence.

    Jeanne

  5. #5
    Derek Wayne
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    Jeanne, thanks for clarifying. I guess it just sounds completely wrong to me. ('everyone was' sounds proper. 'None was', sounds awful)

    DW

  6. #6
    Patrick Edwards
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    ...I was there with you. (WORD says WERE--I were very confused.)

    For this one, what was before the "I"? The reason I ask is because if there was an "if" or something in that family, it would change it to a "were." I saw the "..." and wondered....

  7. #7
    Patrick Edwards
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    Or is it "because if there <U>were</U> an "if" or something...

    !!!

  8. #8
    Derek Wayne
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    Actually, this was the entire sentence. I guess I always thought that the addition of words like 'them' or 'us' or 'they' changed the structure to plural. I guess it's true; you never stop learning.

    DW

  9. #9
    Derek Wayne
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    Question:

    Jeanne's answer, though it makes sense, still has me confused. By this logic, would the following sentence also be wrong?

    None of them are hungry for lunch.

    If 'none' is singular, then would it be: 'is'?

    'None of them is hungry for lunch.'--why does this sound so wrong to me?

    Sorry to beat a dead horse. (sorry to use a cliche)

    DW

  10. #10
    jayce
    Guest

    Re: was versus were

    "them" is the object of the preposition "of". A prepositional phrase cannot be the subject of a sentence.

    To help get the subject/verb relation correct, remove the prepositional phrases. This leaves:

    "None is hungry."

    As Jeanne pointed out, "none" is short hand for "not one". Substituting that gives:

    "Not one is hungry."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts