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Which is ok?We are/were raised with the saying ‘Waste not, want not.’ However, none can... Which is ok?We are/were raised with the saying ‘Waste not, want not.’ However, none can completely avoid waste in our lives. Thanks
Sep 7, 2018 7:07 AM
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Hi Helen! Well, both could be used, but the context would be a bit different in each case. For example, one might say: "In my family we were raised with the saying, 'waste not want not'; however, no one can completely avoid waste in their lives." If referring to a specific time in the past like that, I would use "were". However, if we are speaking about people in general and speaking about the present rather than the past, then "are" is more appropriate. For example: "We are generally raised to be polite nowadays." "Nowadays children are raised with a connection to technology that is stronger than any previous generation." Hope that helps, -Mike.
September 7, 2018
'Raised' suggests childhood and the process of being developed through to adulthood. So if an adult is speaking they would say 'were raised with' (another way of saying this is 'were brought up with').
September 7, 2018
are, of course
September 7, 2018
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