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    Cool If I were in your shoes

    Hello!

    Are these expressions formal or informal, please?

    -If I were in your shoes

    -If I were in your place (in or at? )

    Thank you very much for your help

    Will

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    #2

    Re: If I were in your shoes

    The expression "If I were in your shoes" would, I think, be considered informal.

    If you need to express this idea in a more formal way, try something like "If it were my decision to make" or "If I were in your position."
    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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    #3

    Re: If I were in your shoes

    The first is more informal; neither is familiar or unacceptably informal.

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    NOT A TEACHER.

    I would say "If I were in your spot" instead of "If I were in your place."

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER.

    I would say "If I were in your spot" instead of "If I were in your place."
    I've never heard "If I were in your spot".

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never heard "If I were in your spot".

    And I've never heard "If I were in your place." In fact, I thought Will was translating literally from French (si j'étais ŕ ta place) into English.

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    And I've never heard "If I were in your place." In fact, I thought Will was translating literally from French (si j'étais ŕ ta place) into English.
    "If I were in your place" is common in BrE.

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    #8

    Re: If I were in your shoes

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    If I were in your shoes.
    If I were in your place.

    Although some claim that only the subjunctive form "were' is correct in such sentences, many speakers of British English use "was".

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by curates-egg View Post
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    If I were in your shoes.
    If I were in your place.

    Although some claim that only the subjunctive form "were' is correct in such sentences, many speakers of British English use "was".
    I use both often but with was.

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    Re: If I were in your shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by curates-egg View Post
    Although some claim that only the subjunctive form "were' is correct in such sentences, many speakers of British English use "was".
    Many play safe by teaching that were is the preferred form for formal English, which seems a sensible compromise to me as it keeps the grammar police happy and recognises that was is widely used, so that learners aren't shocked when they hear people using it.

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