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Transformation of sentence !



Imdad
Bangladesh

Transformation of sentence !
 
"I wish i were a king." Turn it into Explanatory Sentence. Which one is correct? If I could be a king. Or, Would that I were a king. Please, show me the correct one.

6 May 2012      



MoodyMoody
United States

I īm not sure what you īre asking, to be honest. But I īll do my best. "I wish I were a king" is a complete sentence using the subjunctive mood. It isn īt true, but you want to be a king anyway. "If I could be a king" is a dependent clause, a fragment. It needs an independent clause before or after it to make it a complete sentence. For example, "If I could be a king, I would try to make life better for the people of my country." "Would that I were a king" is both conditional and subjunctive. No one speaks like that anymore.

6 May 2012     



Tere-arg
Argentina

"I wish I were a king"  = "If only I were a king"

6 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Dare I say it - that subjunctive is more or less defunct anyway. I wish I was a king.

7 May 2012     



MoodyMoody
United States

True, cunliffe, the subjunctive is on life support, but "I wish I were..." is still hanging on. "Would that I were..." is as dead as a doornail.

7 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Yep...

7 May 2012