Poll: Which is more formal?

Which is more formal?

If I was you....
If I were you....

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  • Votes: 456
  • Comments: 13
  • Added: November 2003

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Comments:

Red5

I think 'were' is always more formal that 'was'.

italianbro

"were" is the subjunctive in this case, and hence even the corrrect form.

tdol

They're both correct- 'was' is more comon. I recommend using 'were' in formal writing because it is seen by many of its users as 'more correct'; so make them happy. ;-)

Joan

"Were" is definitely more formal.

andy

Was is not at all correct!! People use "was" because they don't know how to speak their own language! For the record, "If I were you, I'd learn how to speak English."

italianbro

Thoroughly agree with andy

tdol

You may agree, but Andy is expressing an opinion and not a fact. The sheer numbers of native speakers who use 'was' means that either is acceptable,and ESL exams accept both. ;-)

grahamcurrie

"Were" is formal and correct. "Was" is informal and certainly not incorrect

RonBee

"Were" is formal and correct. "Was" is informal and correct.

Dr M

Were is correct, period. Using "was" is like using "ain't;" you'll communictate your point -- and your ignorance.

Wilson Thilakaratna

'was' is British and 'were' is American. Both are correct but were is now widely used.

hlaing htoo

if l were you, i'd learn how to speak english.

Nana

It is Past Subjunctive, and for all the persons singular and plural it is "were".

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