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    Question Is " If I were your man" correct grammatically?

    I was taught that the 'verb to be' in past tense for the pronoun 'I' is 'was', but in some cases "were" can be used. For instance when 'if' is added at the front to indicate probabilities. If that is so, why do some sentences go "If I was your boyfriend" when a renowned song goes like "If I were a boy"? I'm really confused. Help?

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    Re: Is " If I were your man" correct grammatically?

    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaPasta View Post
    I was taught that the 'verb to be' in past tense for the pronoun 'I' is 'was', but in some cases "were" can be used. For instance when 'if' is added at the front to indicate probabilities. If that is so, why do some sentences go "If I was your boyfriend" when a renowned song goes like "If I were a boy"? I'm really confused. Help?
    The construction "If I were" indicates the subjunctive mood. It is grammatically correct to indicate a condition that is unreal at the present time.
    Not everyone understands the subjunctive or uses it correctly.

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    Re: Is " If I were your man" correct grammatically?

    No problem. 'If I was...' is acceptable in less formal contexts

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