[ rich-erd-suhn ]
/ ˈrɪtʃ ərd sən /
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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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/ (ˈrɪtʃədsən) /


Dorothy M (iller). 1873–1957, British novelist, a pioneer of stream-of-consciousness writing: author of the novel sequence Pilgrimage (14 vols, 1915–67)
Henry Handel . pen name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, 1870–1946, Australian novelist; author of the trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (1917–29)
Sir Owen Willans . 1879–1959, British physicist; a pioneer in the study of atomic physics: Nobel prize for physics 1928
Sir Ralph (David). 1902–83, British stage and screen actor
Samuel . 1689–1761, British novelist whose psychological insight and use of the epistolary form exerted a great influence on the development of the novel. His chief novels are Pamela (1740) and Clarissa (1747)
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