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Brett

I would guess that the question is more about whether dedication was instrumental and determination was also instrumental, or whether it was the combination of the two that was instrumental. We often conceptualise thing as units and, where we do so, singular verb agreement is appropriate. In other words, both 'was' and 'were' are correct in the sentence in question, depending on what the intention was.

Thandi McAllister

My friends are arguing over which is correct:
I were a ballet dancer.
I was a ballet dancer.

Please clarify

Crawford Kilian

It should be "I was a ballet dancer."

However, when we use the subjunctive to describe a condition that isn't true, we can use "were" with a singular subject:

If I were a ballet dancer, I would be rich and famous. (But I'm not a ballet dancer!)

If I were you, I'd enter the contest. (But I'm not you!)

If he were as wise as he thinks he is, he'd keep quiet. (But he's not wise!)

Joe

Use was or were in this sentence:


"The contractor assume all spares that was purchased under the reference (a) contract are serviceable or in a serviceable condition".

Crof

Hi, Joe--

For grammar, the sentence should read: "The contractor assumes all spares that were purchased..."

For style, the sentence should read: "The contractor assumes that all spares purchased under the reference (a) contract are serviceable."

Frank

The inmates actions over the past two weeks was his worst.

The inmates actions over the past two weeks were his worst.

Crof

Hi, Frank--

The subject of the sentence is "actions," which is plural, so the verb should be "were."

Benny

Having set no boundaries for creativity, in-depth discussions concerning very specific parts of the BN were common.

or

Having set no boundaries for creativity, in-depth discussions concerning very specific parts of the BN was common.

? (and why?)

Fusionzombie

If only it was/were that simple?
any suggestions?

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