Were/Was

Just a quick comment on the English language.

I was following a moving truck yesterday, and the company’s slogan was spread across the back doors: “We treat your home as if it were our own.” OK, nice sentiment. A little rhyming even. Then I thought, “This sounds right… but it isn’t.” The noun/verb agreement doesn’t match. “Home” is singular, so the correct verb is “was.” It made me think, when did “were” become acceptable in our language? It doesn’t sound wrong – but it is. You wouldn’t say, “Your home were on fire yesterday.”

Taking this a step further, wouldn’t the moving company want to a have a more immediate connection with the customer? Why choose the past tense? Shouldn’t they be striving for “We treat your home as if it is our own?” Sounds weird, I know – but I’m just sayin’.

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