WNW: Subjunctive Mood
FIRST, AN ANNOUNCEMENT:
Tonight (Wednesday, June 24) I'm speaking at the Provo Library, 7:00 pm. It's for the Utah Valley Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. Copies of my grammar book will be available at a discount.
I'll be talking about using archetypal characters and plot concepts to create fresh stories using what's called "The Hero's Journey." Whether you're a League member of not, please come! Everyone is welcome.
Now, back to business:
I'm sort of cheating on my Word Nerd Wednesday post today, but for good reason: I've been buried under crazy busy stuff. (Summer slow-down? Ha!)
As a result, we've got a double-dipper post.
You know how sometimes you wonder whether to use was or were in a sentence?
If she was/were home, she could tell her mom about it.
He wondered if his date was/were cold.
One of those sentences needs was and the other needs were.
Do you know which is which? AND why?
If not, take a gander at my Writing on the Wall post today. It's all about this very thing: subjunctive mood, a section adapted from my book There, Their, They're.
Next week, I hope to have the time to put together something fun about speech acts, something true word nerds can appreciate.
If you can come to the League meeting tonight, I'd appreciate it. It's always nice to NOT talk to a bunch of empty chairs. :)