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    subjunctive

    hi,
    should 'were' always be used after 'if'?

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    Re: subjunctive

    dear friend
    no,indeed it depends on the pronoun or noun you use in your sentence for e.g. just take a look at these examples
    if she was a gorgeous girl i would get married with her
    if i were you i would take the job immediately


    if + she/he/it/singular noun + was .....


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    Re: subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by colintierney View Post
    hi,
    should 'were' always be used after 'if'?
    No, Colin, it need not always be used. This subjunctive form is one of but a few remnants of a moribund system that has been replaced by other ways that allow English speakers to state the same subjunctive feelings without a subjunctive form.

    The subjunctive form 'If + were' is used in more formal language situations.

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