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    Question If I were

    Why do we use ' If I were ' instead of ' If I was '

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    Re: If I were

    In unreal conditionals: If I were you I would do it right now.
    In wish structures: I wish I were English.

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    Re: If I were

    Quote Originally Posted by Vishwanath Wali View Post
    Why do we use ' If I were ' instead of ' If I was '

    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER


    Please go to the search box at this website and type "If I were you."

    You will find many helpful threads.

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    Re: If I were

    just a thought crossed my mind. In stead of writing "you", "in place of you" can be more appropriate. Can a person be exactly like others, no. That is why "in place of you" can be more appropriate. Please guide.




    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    In unreal conditionals: If I were you I would do it right now.
    In wish structures: I wish I were English.

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    Re: If I were

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    just a thought crossed my mind. In stead of writing "you", "in place of you" can be more appropriate. Can a person be exactly like others, no. That is why "in place of you" can be more appropriate. Please guide.

    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) You have raised an excellent point!

    (2) To the best of my knowledge, no one would say "If I were in place of

    you, I would not do that," BUT I think that people quite often might say something

    like:

    If I were in your place, I would not do that.

    (3) Congratulations! Your comment showed great thinking.

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    Re: If I were

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    In stead of writing "you", "in place of you" can be more appropriate.
    Can you give a single example of this?

    If I were you, I wouldn't do that? :tick

    In place of you, I wouldn't do that.


    Can a person be exactly like others
    It's a conditional and deals with unreal situations like this.

    Please do not present unverified conjecture as having a grounding in fact. Musings are not a substitute for analysis, but you present this as something that can be more appropriate. This is not correct. If you wish to ask a question, then please ask a question. Please do not state some idle conjecture as a fact and then say please guide- this could be highly confusing for learners.

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    Re: If I were

    Quote Originally Posted by Vishwanath Wali View Post
    Why do we use ' If I were ' instead of ' If I was '
    It's the subjunctive. I would also point out that many users do say If I was. In formal language, If I were is preferred, but many in many regions, people don't use it. For a learner, I would recommend using If I were as it's always right and will make grammar traditionalists happy.

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    Re: If I were

    i got the point you have made.

    Not a Teacher

    As you have asked me to give an example that is why I am further writing.


    If i say
    if I were in place of you/in your place, i would not do that.
    If I had been in place of you/in your place, i would not have done that.

    are these sentences wrong.





    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Can you give a single example of this?

    If I were you, I wouldn't do that? :tick

    In place of you, I wouldn't do that.




    It's a conditional and deals with unreal situations like this.

    Please do not present unverified conjecture as having a grounding in fact. Musings are not a substitute for analysis, but you present this as something that can be more appropriate. This is not correct. If you wish to ask a question, then please ask a question. Please do not state some idle conjecture as a fact and then say please guide- this could be highly confusing for learners.
    Last edited by rajan; 01-Oct-2011 at 13:04.

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    Re: If I were

    in place of you/in your place
    These are not exact synonyms.

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