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    I wish I

    When do we use were and when do we use was in the wish and regret statements?

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    Re: I wish I

    Generally, I wish I were is correct, since you are expressing a desire for something that is not true.

    You'll hear a lot of people say I wish I was, however, since they are unfamiliar with the subjunctive.
    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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    Re: I wish I

    thanks barb
    so, do i understand that using were is gramatically corect and was is infromal

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    Re: I wish I

    I use "I wish I were" even in informal situations.

    I would say "I wish I was" is often someone who just doesn't know how the subjunctive works.

    (Also, please use capital letters in your posts. It will help you get into the habit of always writing standard English.)
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    Re: I wish I

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I use "I wish I were" even in informal situations.

    I would say "I wish I was" is often someone who just doesn't know how the subjunctive works.
    I, too, use 'I wish I were'. However, I am in the minority of speakers of British English who use this subjunctive form.The subjunctive is used more in American than in British English.

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    Question Re: I wish I

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I, too, use 'I wish I were'. However, I am in the minority of speakers of British English who use this subjunctive form.The subjunctive is used more in American than in British English.


    Are you suggesting that 'I wish I was...' is more likely to appear in British English?

    Ta!

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    Re: I wish I

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Are you suggesting that 'I wish I was...' is more likely to appear in British English?
    I am.

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