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ERIC Number: EJ805197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Subjunctive "Were" and Indicative "Was": A Corpus Analysis for English Language Teachers and Textbook Writers
Lee, Jackie
Language Teaching Research, v10 n1 p80-93 2006
This paper illustrates how corpus research can inform language teachers and textbook writers about contemporary usage. This study provides evidence from various corpora, including a collection of language practice books and textbooks, and electronic databases that contain contemporary language data on how English is actually used. The data found in the electronic databases suggest that prescriptive teaching about the incorrectness of indicative "was" for hypothetical meaning in some contemporary English teaching books used in Hong Kong is not well founded. On the other hand, the data also reveal that subjunctive "were" is not dying and persists in writing, particularly in some idiomatic expressions. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong