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    If he were not vs If he was not

    "He wouldn't have told us this made-up story, If he were not a liar."

    Is it possible to say "If he was not a liar"?

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    Re: If he were not vs If he was not

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He wouldn't have told us this made-up story, If he were not a liar."

    Is it possible to say "If he was not a liar"?
    We frequently hear was instead of were. Were, however, is the correct form, as the subjunctive should be used when we are talking about a condition which is contrary to fact.

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