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    I wish I was / were offered that post

    Hello,

    Could you please help me with this sentence?

    “I wish I was / were offered that post.”

    Should we use was or were?

    Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: I wish I was / were offered that post

    Probably "I wish I had been offered that post."

    I wish I were working in that position now.
    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: I wish I was / were offered that post

    It's like If I were/was- purists prefer the subjunctive, but many speakers use was.

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    Re: I wish I was / were offered that post

    But Americans are much more likely to be purists in that regard.
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    #5

    Re: I wish I was / were offered that post

    It's common in BrE- we use the past subjunctive. It's the present subjunctive that doesn't get much use in the UK.

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    #6

    Re: I wish I was / were offered that post

    Does it show up in set phrases like "If I were you" or am I more likely to hear "If I was you"?

    And thanks. All I can hear now is "If I were a rich man," (and a bunch of humming).
    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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