Last Tango in Halifax : What does it mean that Alan keeps using "were" instead of "was?"

What does it mean that Alan keeps using "were" instead of "was?"

Is this supposed to indicate that he is uneducated? Or is it some kind of slang?

Re: What does it mean that Alan keeps using "were" instead of "was?"

No it is Part of the Yorkshire dialect. Depending on which part of Yorkshire you live in its not unusual to hear people using the word were instead of was in every day conversation.



she just got up, broke wind and died

Re: What does it mean that Alan keeps using "were" instead of "was?"

Yes, it's a Yorkshire slang. Alan is a local lad, and meant to be less sophisticated than upper crust Celia and Oxford-educated Caroline.

He says "Our Gillian" a lot too. Some say "Us" instead of "we" too, but that might be even more localized to the Sheffield area.

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