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    Question Is 'I' plural or singular?

    Is 'I' plural or singluar?

    There are many conflicting usages....like though we mostly say "I was....", many a times we also say "I were...". Please explain which one is correct.

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    Eager Learner.

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    Re: Is 'I' plural or singular?

    Hello EL

    "I" is singular.

    Usually, you would say "I was". But sometimes you use the past subjunctive of "to be", which is "were" in all persons.

    This is most common in type 2 conditionals:

    1. If I were you, I'd get a haircut.
    2. If I were to say you needed a haircut, would you be very offended?

    Also after "I wish" and "as if"/"as though":

    3. I wish I were in Madagascar.
    4. It's as if I were slowly floating up into the sky.

    MrP


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    Smile thnx

    Thanks, MrP! Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Is 'I' plural or singular?

    You're welcome, EL!

    MrP

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