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Not even the smallest amount, as in He got not one iota of thanks for his efforts. This usage appeared in slightly different form in the New Testament (Matthew 5:18): “One jot [iota] ... shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.” (The noun jot comes from the Greek iota.)

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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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