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    #1

    If I were/was



    Is it if I were or if I was?

    If itís if I were, why is that when I is singular. Should the verb be singular too?

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    #2

    Re: If I were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post

    Is it if I were or if I was?

    If it’s if I were, why is that when I is singular. Should the verb be singular too?
    If I were a lion I would live in forest.If Iwere you....
    If I were...is used in improbable and imaginary conditions
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    Re: If I were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post

    Is it if I were or if I was?

    If itís if I were, why is that when I is singular. Should the verb be singular too?
    Its a special subjunctive form, Nefertiti. All pronouns in the subjunctive use 'were'.

    If I/he/she/it/you/we/they were ...

    We can also use 'was' with "If I/he/she/it". Most often it has the same meaning, though there are situations where it doesn't. In English there are only a few subjunctive forms left. For every one of them, there are other ways to state the same meaning.

    "If I were/was you" is the counterfactual to "I'm not you".

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