correct verb


Is it: was or were on the following questions:

1.Jack hesitated knowing that if he was/were wrong he would be putting himself out there.

2.And for once neither of the kids was/were crying or whining, and that gave all a rare reprieve.

3.Special Agent Todd yawned, rubbed his eyes, and wondered if he was/were hallucinating as Lance sprinted across the parking lot and jumped into his Cadillac Escalade.

4.She laughed and continued talking to the phone as if Jernigan were sitting in the seat next to her.

5.Pete Bartulis had only been a name up to this point, and though the house looked deserted, what if he was/were really in there?

6.She started tapping her feet on the floor, and waving her hands above her head as if she was/were trying to dance in the car.

     7."It better be good news Hackett."
     Silence for a second or two before Hackett said, "I wish it was/were sir.

8.  After a minute he opened his eyes and looked at Rachel who was wide awake now, and staring at him as if he was/were an alien.

9.      Pete grabbed two beers from the fridge, held them up as if he was/were inspecting them, and hollered across the room to Lupo, who was sitting at the kitchen table, "You ready Mikey?"

10.      The clouds were dancing around the moon flashing various degrees of light against the landscape as if a child was/were playing with a dimmer switch.

11.    Lupo stared back as if Jack was/were speaking a foreign language.

12. Instead of the usual sporadic talk between employees, there was a constant, and irritating babble, as if every person in the building was/were talking at the same time.

13. Heilman froze.  It was as if Jernigan was/were speaking a foreign language.

14. and the joy on his face made Megan’s heart labor as if she was/were running a marathon.

15. "What if I was/were to say that I can’t take my eyes off of you and I don’t know why."

was or were asked Jan 08 '14 at 00:07 J.T. Bailey New member

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This is a forum to help with grammar in a few sentences, not to do a list of school assignments. Study subject/verb agreement and also look at the subjunctive mood. These will help you with this assignment.

link answered Jan 08 '14 at 17:29 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Ok, I know this was a lot to ask, but believe it or not this was not a school assignment. These sentences were plucked from my first novel, No Time For Trouble, due out in February 2014 as an Ebook only. I had to do one more read through before signing off on the final version and started second guessing myself on the was/were. Well, it turns out I changed about half of them and didn't realize the company I was working with had an editorial staff and they told me not to change anything. All of them were correct as I originally wrote them. If anybody is interested the correct verb of was or were for the 15 sentences in order are, A for Was and E for Were: EAAEAEEEEEEEEEE

J.T. BaileyJan 15 '14 at 02:56

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