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One's best effort, as in Come on, if we give it the old college try we just might be able to cut down this tree. This slangy expression, originally a cheer to urge a team on, dates from the 1930s when college football films were very popular.

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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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