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    If he was

    In today's San Jose Mercury News:

    "If Dr. King was here today, he'd be protesting, too," said xxx, a protester.

    What is the difference between "If he were" and "If he was," as in the above sentence?

    Thanks. BMO

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    #2
    "If he were" is more formal.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "If he were" is more formal.
    Got it, thanks. BMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "If he were" is more formal.
    Got it, thanks. BMO
    If he were is the past subjunctive.

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