And you said you was a chess champion

Ptak

Senior Member
Rußland
#1
I'm playing chess with someone and I'm doing checkmate to him. After that I want to say:

"And you said you was (a?) chess champion of the university!"
(the sense of the sentence - to tease him)

Can someone please correct my variant or give me another correct variant that would sound natural as much as possible?

Thank you.
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    #2
    Correct and idiomatic: "And you said/claimed that you were a chess champion in college" or "that you were the chess champion of your university."

    Personally, I prefer to be a gracious victor; "trash talk" isn't my métier.
     
    England, English (UK)
    #3
    Please correct me if I am wrong but I thought this should be "And you said you were a chess champion". I was, he/she/it was, you were, we were, they were.
     

    emma42

    Senior Member
    British English
    #4
    It certainly should be were, spagbol.

    And you said you were the university chess champion
    And you said you were university chess champion
    And you said you were a chess champion
    And you said you were a champion chess player
    And you said you were chess champion of the university

    These are all fine, although I think the last one is a bit wordy.
     

    cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    #6
    If your opponent is sensitive to the vagaries of English, your original statement: "you said you was a chess champion...." would turn out to be a most clever put-down.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    #8
    If the defeated opponent is a stickler for language, then the purposeful incorrect use of "was" would be additionally galling or irritating.
     
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