Is this sentence construction right?

"You were intensively involved in doing a project or a research work during that semester, and hence was not focusing much in your course work"

Should the second part of the sentence have 'was' even though the subject is 'you'?

  • No. It should have were since the subject is you. Why would anyone think it should have was? Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 20:44
  • This question smacks of lack of understanding of basic English. Need to be moved to the other forum. Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 21:39

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Which grammar rule allows you to place was with the pronoun you? You only wrote the first part of the sentence -"You were intensively involved..." and thus, it should be maintained!

So, to answer your question, it'd take the second person singular (past) were. Also, I'd prefer writing ...focus on... and not in.


No. And hence were, not was. You need to keep the same verb tense.

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    It's not tense, it's person (2nd person singular). Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:06

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