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    Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Hello,
    I think I'm on "asking spree"

    Imagine I go to a 40 year old woman and ask her this:
    (So: no past!)
    Were I too young for you?

    Other options are:
    Would I be too young for you?
    Was I too young for you?

    What would you choose?
    I believe was is not correct.

    P.S: And no, I'm not planning to ask this question

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I think I'm on "asking spree"

    Imagine I go to a 40 year old woman and ask her this:
    (So: no past!)
    Were I too young for you?

    Other options are:
    Would I be too young for you?
    Was I too young for you?

    What would you choose?
    I believe was is not correct.

    P.S: And no, I'm not planning to ask this question

    Thank you!

    Cheers!
    I've never been in this kind of a situation

    Why do you say 'was' is incorrect and 'were' correct?

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Thank you.

    Am I too young for you.
    I think this would mean that I actually want to start a relationship with such a woman.
    However, I don't want, that's why I use a subjunctive.

    Was I too young for you.
    As
    Gillnetter has already written, it sounds like past.

    Can we say that in my imaginary example these 2 sentences are the only correct ones?
    Were I too young for you?
    Would I be too young for you?

    Thank you!

    P.S. You should never take my examples too serious

    Cheers!

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Oh, so the 'were' was for the past subjunctive. I don't think you can use past subjunctive like this.

    Would I be too young for you? - It's a correct sentence.

    I don't understand this part:
    I think this would mean that I'm actually want to start a relationship with such a woman.
    However, I don't want, that's why I use a subjunctive.
    Doesn't would I be too young for you mean that you want to start a relationship then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you.


    Can we say that in my imaginary example these 2 sentences are the only correct ones?
    Were I too young for you?
    Would I be too young for you?

    Thank you!

    P.S. You should never take my examples too serious

    Cheers!
    The first one is in the past subjuctive. You can not use subjunctive mood to form an interrogative sentence. It is used in dependent clauses that do some specific functions; as
    She wishes her boyfriend were here. (express a wish)
    If Juan were more aggressive, he'd be a better hockey player (express a condition that is contrary to fact)
    He acted as if he were guilty. (describe a speculation or condition contrary to fact)
    I requested that he be present at the hearing. (express a demand, requirement, request, or suggestion.)

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    @mmasny:
    About the part you don't understand:
    If I loved her, I would be too young anyway.
    So but in our case I don't love her, that's why I don't want to use "Am I..."
    Does this help you?

    @sarat_106:
    Thanks.
    If I have correctly understood I cannot use were in my case?
    Only would be?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    @mmasny:
    About the part you don't understand:
    If I loved her, I would be too young anyway.
    So but in our case I don't love her, that's why I don't want to use "Am I..."
    Does this help you?

    @sarat_106:
    Thanks.
    If I have correctly understood I cannot use were in my case?
    Only would be?

    Cheers!
    Yes, "were" is incorrect, "would I be" is correct for your sentence.

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    #8

    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Thank you.
    I have another small question:
    Which is correct?:
    I wish I was no man.
    I wish I were no man. - seems correct to me.
    I wish I would be no man.


    P.S. I'm still talking about present, not past

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106
    She wishes her boyfriend were here. (express a wish)
    Okay I think this should already answer my question - so the 2nd should be correct :)

    Cheers!

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    Re: Again a small was/were/would be sentence

    Except "I wish I were not a man" is a better way to phrase it than "no man."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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