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    Wink If I were a boy..

    Hi, I have a question
    this sentence -> If I were a boy
    why 'were'?
    why don't use 'was'?
    "If i was a boy" is wrong sentence?
    I want to know reason bye!
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    Re: If I were a boy..

    Not a teacher,Nor a native
    Because it is subjunctive.

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    #3

    Re: If I were a boy..

    Quote Originally Posted by jang gang View Post
    Hi, I have a question
    this sentence -> If I were a boy
    why 'were'?
    why don't use 'was'?
    "If i was a boy" is wrong sentence?
    I want to know reason bye!
    Not a teacher, nor a native.
    Both was and were can be used. Though the latter is used more often.

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    #4

    Re: If I were a boy..

    Quote Originally Posted by jang gang View Post
    Hi, I have a question
    this sentence -> If I were a boy
    why 'were'?
    why don't use 'was'?
    "If i was a boy" is wrong sentence?
    I want to know reason bye!
    In conditional sentences, we use "were" for all persons.
    If she were here, we would start.
    If I were you, I wouldn't do it.

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    Re: If I were a boy..

    It uses conditional 2, as the condition is impossible or unlikely.

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    Re: If I were a boy..

    Quote Originally Posted by jang gang View Post
    Hi, I have a question
    this sentence -> If I were a boy
    why 'were'?
    why don't use 'was'?
    "If i was a boy" is wrong sentence?
    I want to know reason bye!

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As the other posters have told you, there is something called the subjunctive.

    We use the subjunctive when we are talking about something that is not true.

    (a) Of course, I am not the president. But if I were the president, I would make

    a lot of changes.

    (2) "If I were a boy" = I am NOT a boy. (Of course, only a girl would say this

    sentence!)

    (3) Some native speakers say "If I WAS a boy" or "If I WAS the president."

    I have read that here in the United States, most native speakers still use the

    subjunctive ("were") because they hear it so often on TV, etc. I hear that in

    some other English-speaking countries, many people do not use the subjunctive

    so often as do Americans.

    (4) If I WERE you (I am NOT you), I would continue to ask questions here.

    As you can see, many people are eager to help you.


    Good luck.

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    #7

    Re: If I were a boy..

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    In conditional sentences, we use "were" for all persons.
    If she were here, we would start..
    Many speakers of BrE do not use 'were' in all persons. Although purists are not happy about this, 'was' is acceptable for the first and third persons singular in all but formal speech and writing - even there, some people use 'was'.

    'Were' is still commonly used in 'if I were you', which can almost be regarded as a fixed expression.

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