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    If I were you...

    Why is not: If I am you...?

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    Why is not: If I am you...?
    NOT A TEACHER.

    More context would be of help, of course, but it's "If I were you" because I am not you; we are talking about an imaginary situation.

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    Wink Re: If I were you...

    Why is not : "If I was you" ?

    Thanks :)

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Andi Pangeran View Post
    Why is not : "If I was you" ?

    Thanks :)
    Why do you think it could be?

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Why do you think it could be?
    Come.come, bhai. I think there is a touch of the faux-naif there. You and I , and millions of others, say, "If I were you, ..."; philo would almost certainly claim that it it was (?) the only correct form. However, millions of others, especially in Britain, happily say, "If I was you, ...".

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    Re: If I were you...

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    NOT A TEACHER.

    More context would be of help, of course, but it's "If I were you" because I am not you; we are talking about an imaginary situation.
    I understand what it means, I just wonder would you
    understand If someone would say: "I wouldn't do that, If I am you (Present)."

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    I understand what it means, I just wonder would you
    understand If someone would say: "I wouldn't do that, If I am you (Present)."
    I would understand it, but it's still wrong.

    Rover

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    I understand what it means, I just wonder would you
    understand If someone would say: "I wouldn't do that, If I am you (Present)."
    In certain situations I think it would be ok to say "If I'm you," but certainly not in formal English.

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    Re: If I were you...

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    I understand what it means, I just wonder would you
    understand If someone would say: "I wouldn't do that, If I am you (Present)."

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I found this in Google books:

    "You are not the first to be saying this, my friend. But if I am you, I am not saying it

    so loudly. Dragonstone crawls with these queen's men, oh yes, and they have sharp

    ears and sharper knives."

    Source: A Storm of Swords, George R. Martin (2003).

    (2) Probably 99% of native speakers today would say: "But if I were/was you, I

    would not be saying it so loudly."

    (3) How do we account for the "If I am you" in Mr. Martin's fantasy novel?

    (a) It may mean something like:

    Let's say that I am you for the sake of discussion. Well, I am certainly not

    going to say it so loudly.

    This is not my idea. It comes from a teacher named "Albeit" who posted

    a somewhat similar explanation on usingenglish. com on September 25, 2009.

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    Re: If I were you...

    X: That hot chick just asked me to come over to her place. I dunno man; do I really wanna cheat on Andrea?
    Y: Dude, if I'm you, I'm definitely tappin' that ass.

    I apologize for the lewd language, but I think that in a situation such as that above "if I'm you" sounds just fine.

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