Contraction of “I was”?

Is there a contraction for “I was”? There are contractions for “I am” (I’m), “I will” (I’ll), “I have” (I’ve), “I would” (I’d), and yet the simple past tense seems conspicuously missing. Why is that? Does that reasoning apply to “I did” and “I had” as well? Answer There is no natural/common abbreviation of “I … Read more

Be or Is? That is the question

Whether it ‘be’ or ‘is’? Whether it be comedy, action, or pure narrative, he surgically hones pictures and sound to that perfect place. Answer whether it be something, something is a set phrase in English. So, it is always be and can never be is. I know the grammar may seem a little bit strange, … Read more

“It is fun to be him/he.” Which is correct?

Would you use him or he in the following sentence? It is fun to be him/he. A teacher told me that you use the object form after the infinitive of to be. Is this true? I am a native English speaker, but I am trying to figure out what the SAT wants me to think … Read more

In “Why do you think this is?” is the verb “to be” a linking verb or a stative verb?

In this clip, you can hear the following question: Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is? It’s not clear to me if the clause “This is” leaves out something, e.g. “This is like that”, “This is true” and so on, … Read more

“who is entitled” or “whom is entitled”: which is correct? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 10 years ago. Possible Duplicate: What’s the rule for using “who” or “whom”? Which is correct? A certificate is a statement that states who is entitled. A certificate is a statement that states whom is entitled. Is who a subject? Answer Forgetting for a moment about the technicalities … Read more

Is it acceptable to use “to be” to describe possession?

I recently was explaining a couple of Marathi phrases to my friend, and I realized that the language doesn’t have the word “to have”. We have multiple different ways of expressing posession, but I found a particular one rather interesting: When I want to say “I have a pen”, I instead say “My pen is” … Read more

Is this sentence correct? “If I were you I would be looking for a new job” [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 5 years ago. Improve this question Was asked to translate this question from italian to english, teacher marked it as wrong but I sometimes see … Read more