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Thread #157878   Message #4029378
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
21-Jan-20 - 05:59 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Leech and co are also quite good on the subjunctive, as is David Crystal's 'Rediscover Grammar'. The superordinate/main clause we are discussing is declarative:'The .. embarrassment .. *was* soon dispelled. What Copper is saying is that no matter *how* embarrassed they were by this unusual situation the whisky would have relaxed them. But I don't want to digress from thread topic more, and would be happy to disagree or for Brian to have the very last word on this.