You know the drill
Hobo-Ken said:Reinstate the Imperfect Subjunctive. If I WERE in charge...
cowswithguns said:One of my lads left the mob a few years back and went into teaching (he has a degree in the history of fine Spanish art of all things). He was looking forward to his new life until the local teaching authority he was employed by sent him to teach (kids 10-15 yrs old) with "learning difficulties", basically deprived knife wielding, fire starting, housebreaking, old lady mugging (get the picture) chavistic Fcuktards of the highest order. 9 months into the job, due to constant abuse, verbal and physical from both the kids and parents, he decided to s***-can it and seek alternative employment stating that it was not worth the hassle trying to make a difference. He was quite shocked by his experience. This man has done Sierra Leone, Balkans etc, so he is not easily upset. He told me that this is quite a regular occurrence and that the numbers of teachers deciding to look at alternative careers is shocking. They donât receive enough support from their employers as the authorities have an aversion to bad publicity and they have strict targets to achieve. If they donât get the support they deserve, why even think of a carreer in education.!
cowswithguns said:God forbid he's an ugly Bas*ard and he was one of my Cpl's, not my son. I don't know anything about how they are allocated teaching slots.
KGB_resident said:Hobo-Ken said:Reinstate the Imperfect Subjunctive. If I WERE in charge...
I believe that our friend Meridian proposed a quite correct statement.
There is a subtle difference between two constructions
If I was...
If I were...
Let's look at it more closely.
If I was fast in the race, it's because I had competition to push me. (I may have been fast; I may not have. The condition is unclear)
If I was rude, I apologize. (I may have been rude. It depends on a person's point-of-view. The condition is unclear)
If I were your teacher, I'd flunk you. (It is clear from the context that I am not your teacher)
If I were going to Antarctica, I'd go with my best friend. (Apparently I am not going to Antarctica)
Our friend Meridian proposed to continue the sentence. It is possible that at least one of the ARRSErs indeed has a connection to the governmental structures, to the decision making process in education. In other words the condition is unclear.
However, I would like to incourage the ARRSErs to use the constuction 'If I were...' wider. English is a fine language and must not be simplified or vulgarised.