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    Subjunctive mood: The usage of omitting "if"

    If I were a bird, I could fly.= Were I a bird, I could fly.
    If I had wings, I could fly. = Had I wings, I could fly.
    If I wore glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours.
    =
    Should I say "Wore I glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours."?
    or
    "Did I wear glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours."
    or no such usage exists? (Among the usages of Subjunctive mood, only "were" and "had" appear in the beginning of sentences when "if" is left out?)
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    Re: Subjunctive mood: The usage of omitting "if"

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    If I were a bird, I could fly.= Were I a bird, I could fly.
    If I had wings, I could fly. = Had I wings, I could fly.
    If I wore glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours.
    =
    Should I say "Wore I glasses, I wear choose such a stupid one like yours."?
    or
    "Did I wear glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours."
    or no such usage exists? (Among the usages of Subjunctive mood, only "were" and "had" appear in the beginning of sentences when "if" is left out?)
    Only the first two make sense. The verbs "are" and "have" seem to lend themselves to such a use of the subjunctive, but not other words. Does anyone know of a rule for this?

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    Re: Subjunctive mood: The usage of omitting "if"

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    If I were a bird, I could fly.= Were I a bird, I could fly.
    If I had wings, I could fly. = Had I wings, I could fly.
    If I wore glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours.
    =
    Should I say "Wore I glasses, I wear choose such a stupid one like yours."?
    or
    "Did I wear glasses, I wouldn't wear such a stupid one like yours."
    or no such usage exists? (Among the usages of Subjunctive mood, only "were" and "had" appear in the beginning of sentences when "if" is left out?)
    (NOT a teacher) (1) If I wore glasses, I wouldn't wear ugly ones such as yours; (2) If I were (or "was" in "popular" English) to wear glasses, I wouldn't....(3) Were (never "was") I to wear glasses, I wouldn't. ...

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