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Also, live like a prince. Enjoy a lavish style of living, as in He spared no expense, preferring to live like a king as long as he could, or Since they got their inheritance, the Andersons are living like princes. This expression continues to be used despite the much smaller role royalty plays in the present day. [Mid-1500s]

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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