Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 80
    #1

    "If i were" vs "If I was"

    can I say if I was or directly whenever I have if it shoukd be followed by were?
    I said if i was asking about so and so I would have done it this way . I felt that this sentence was wrong and that it should have been:
    if I were asking about so and so I would do it this way (also I think the tense in the first sentence was wrong).
    Can you please tell me which sentence is more accurate.
    Best wishes
    T

  1. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #2

    re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Mixed Conditional
    Ex: If I were asking about so and so, I would have asked it this way. <But I am not asking about so and so, which is why I didn't asked it this way.>

    See ENGLISH PAGE - Mixed Conditionals
    __________________________
    Note,

    From if I were
    The subjunctive mood, always weak in English, has been dwindling away for centuries until it has almost vanished. According to traditional thought, statements about the conditional future such as “If I were a carpenter . . .” require the subjunctive “were”; but “was” is certainly much more common. Still, if you want to impress those in the know with your usage, use “were” when writing of something hypothetical, unlikely, or contrary to fact.

    The same goes for other pronouns: “you,” “she,” “he,” and “it.” In the case of the plural pronouns “we” and “they” the form “was” is definitely nonstandard, of course, because it is a singular form.

  2. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,551
    #3

    re: "If i were" vs "If I was"


    If I had taken Spanish in high school, I would have more job opportunities.


  3. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,551
    #4

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    I said "If I was asking about so and so I would have done it this way". I felt that this sentence was wrong and that it should have been: "If I were asking about so and so I would do it this way".

  4. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,551
    #5

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    Can you please tell me which sentence is better?


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    #6

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    can I say if I was or directly whenever I have if it shoukd be followed by were?
    I said if i was asking about so and so I would have done it this way . I felt that this sentence was wrong and that it should have been:
    if I were asking about so and so I would do it this way (also I think the tense in the first sentence was wrong).
    Can you please tell me which sentence is more accurate.


    I am amazed at, and in admiration of the capacity of previous posters to this thread to decipher which of these words/phrases/constructions are those requiring assistance, when there are no quotation marks!

  5. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #7

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    can I say if I was or directly whenever I have if it shoukd be followed by were?
    I said if i was asking about so and so I would have done it this way . I felt that this sentence was wrong and that it should have been:
    if I were asking about so and so I would do it this way (also I think the tense in the first sentence was wrong).
    Can you please tell me which sentence is more accurate.

    I am amazed at, and in admiration of the capacity of previous posters to this thread to decipher which of these words/phrases/constructions are those requiring assistance, when there are no quotation marks!
    After almost 10 years online and 10 years off-line answering students' questions, you kind of learn a new way of parsing English.

  6. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,551
    #8

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I am amazed at, and in admiration of the capacity of previous posters to this thread to decipher which of these words/phrases/constructions are those requiring assistance, when there are no quotation marks!
    Soup should get most of the credit. I was able to figure out what the question was by reading her response to it. (That first sentence still leaves me in the dark.)


  7. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbo-Croatian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 844
    #9

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    can I say if I was or directly whenever I have if it shoukd be followed by were?

    I said

    1) If I was asking about so and so I would have done it this way.
    If I was asking about 'so and so' I would do it different way.

    I felt that this sentence was wrong and that it should have been:

    2) If I were asking about so and so I would do it this way.
    If I were you I would have asked different way about 'so and so'.

    (also I think the tense in the first sentence was wrong).
    Can you please tell me which sentence is more accurate.

    Best wishes
    T
    not a teacher

    The conjuction were is chiefly used instead of conjuction was in order to emphasis the unreality in the hypotetical situations (conditionals).

    He was giving the orders as he were the manager of the company. (but he wasn't the manager)

    If the situation isn't hypotetical but everyday one there is no need to use were instead of was.


    In addition there is a similar phrase

    If I was in your shoes I would do 'so and so'.

    Last edited by e2e4; 08-Jul-2008 at 09:07.

  8. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #10

    Re: "If i were" vs "If I was"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Soup should get most of the credit. I was able to figure out what the question was by reading her response to it. (That first sentence still leaves me in the dark.)

    Whispered Psst. Don't accept credit so quickly. We don't know yet if we/I actually understood what the poster wanted/was saying.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •