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Trigger a feeling or memory, as in That poem strikes a chord in all those touched by the Holocaust. This term alludes to striking the strings or keys of a musical instrument. [First half of 1800s] Also see strike the right note.

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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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