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    if clause

    Hi,

    Could you tell me if it is grammatically fine or not?

    If I were you, I would do what I want to do!

    Thank you...

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    Re: if clause

    It doesn't bad to me, bad I don't know it is fine or not. :/

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    Re: if clause

    Hmm, something's nagging at me, telling me one of English's nasty little rules is about to make an appearance.
    "If I were you, I would do what I wanted to do!"
    "If I were you, I would do whatever I wanted to do!"
    "If I were you, I would do whatever I want!"
    Don't ask me why, but your sentence just doesn't seem natural. I do feel for you though, go to the effort of learning all the rules, you make a sentence and a native speaker tells you it just isn't quite right.

    The "were" in that conditional sentence is an example of to be in the past subjunctive and is completely right, however most native speakers don't use it properly or have any idea what it is.

    PS: The if clause is the first part of that conditional sentence.

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    Re: if clause

    You'll hear your version, but I'd go for this one: If I were you, I would do what I wanted to do!

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    Re: if clause

    The "were" in that conditional sentence is an example of to be in the past subjunctive and is completely right, however most
    nativespeakers don't use it properly or have any idea what it is.
    The subjunctive is more common in AmE.

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