And you said you was a chess champion

Ptak

Senior Member
Rußland
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
    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.
     

    Spagbol

    Member
    England, English (UK)
    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
    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
    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.
     
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