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    #1

    as if she was vs as if she were

    1)"She loves her as if she were her own daughter.''

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    2)"She loves her as if she was here own daughter."

    The first sentence is grammatically correct. But I get to hear pople saying sentences like the second one among native speakers.


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    #2

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Both are grammatically correct.

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    #3

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicchick View Post
    Both are grammatically correct.
    Some grammar textbooks(old ones) say that it's compulsory to use "were".
    If "was" used, it would be considered incorrect...?

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    #4

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Some grammar textbooks(old ones) say that it's compulsory to use "were".
    If "was" used, it would be considered incorrect...?
    #1 is correct.

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    #5

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #1 is correct.
    The second one?

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    #6

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    The second one?
    No, the second one isn't correct.

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    #7

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, the second one isn't correct.
    So the second one would be marked incorrect on the writing test. What about the colloquial use?

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    #8

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So the second one would be marked incorrect on the writing test. What about the colloquial use?
    It is used colloquially by people who are not careful with language.


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    #9

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    'were' is more proper

    'was' is acceptable in modern times

    (Check out a Headway text book.)
    Last edited by Chicchick; 01-Oct-2010 at 13:31.

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    #10

    Re: as if she was vs as if she were

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicchick View Post
    'were' is more proper

    'was' is acceptable in modern times

    (Check out a Headway text book)
    That's why I've been on this website. "old grammar texbooks'' tend to consider something incorrect,whereas new ones say it's Ok to use it.

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