The whole world was united to turn against me

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arueng

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CHINESE
Sometimes in the past, I had this feeling that the whole world was united to turn against me. In fact, now I know it was the other round.


Hi,

Should I keep the bolded "was" in the above or delete it? Thanks.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Keep "was":
    the whole world was united against me
    the whole world was against me
    the whole world had turned against me

    now I know it was the other way around.
     

    arueng

    Senior Member
    CHINESE
    Thanks, Copyright, again.

    By the way, I run across "the other way round" here and there. What is wrong with that?
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Just my preference. If you put around round in the search box, you'll find several threads on this.

    I would probably use "other way round" if I were telling some how to fit a part into a machine, for example.
     

    LV4-26

    Senior Member
    [...]

    Should I keep the bolded "was" in the above or delete it? Thanks.
    I think you can delete the was only if you word the sentence as follows
    Sometimes in the past, I had this feeling of the whole world being united (to turn) against me....
    But I prefer Copyright's simpler, more direct offer: "that the whole world was against me".
     
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