“If this was another country, we’d have to tell you that this coffee may be hot.”

by Walter Olson on April 23, 2013

Humorous warning on a Canadian coffee cup: my new post at Cato at Liberty (with picture).

{ 5 comments }

1 VMS 04.23.13 at 6:37 pm

Correct grammar would be: “If this were another county, we’d have to tell you that this coffee may be hot.”

2 Walter Olson 04.23.13 at 8:56 pm

Were it my quote, as opposed to the cup designers’, ‘twould have rendered the subjunctive correctly.

3 John Burgess 04.23.13 at 10:12 pm

I guess it’s because the brains sit under the hat?

4 Bob Lipton 04.24.13 at 5:19 pm

Likely it is because it is Canadian English rather than American. The subjunctive is just about extinct in Britain. I would expect that Canadian English, with its closer ties to Blighty, would exhibit at least sporadically, a lack of the subjunctive.

Bob

5 Stephen 04.27.13 at 10:51 pm

Nope. The grammar is correct. The American way would be, “were”. In Canada we use the correct form of grammar and spelling, so in this case, it is “was”.

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