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    Cool was/were

    Hi everybody,

    What is better to say?

    If I was/were????

    Thank you

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    Re: was/were

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hi everybody,

    What is better to say?

    If I was/were????

    Thank you
    Nowadays, you are likely to hear "was", which is considered very informal.
    In formal English, it is better to stick with "were". I personally do.
    Last edited by banderas; 05-Sep-2008 at 21:36.

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    Re: was/were

    "Were" is better, in many, but not all contexts .

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    #4

    Re: was/were

    if i were.. is used for hypothetical situation..

    as per Learning English | BBC World Service

    if i was.. was informal way of telling if i were..

    but i feel there is subtle difference between the two.. if i was arrogant, i am sorry. i believe this sounds a bit the act for which the speaker did indeed enacted.

    If i were arrogant, i would be sorry.. can incorporate not only the past act but also the hypothetical situation pertaining to a person's character..

    i might be wrong though.. teachers, please confirm..

    i am not a teacher:)

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    Re: was/were

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    if i were.. is used for hypothetical situation..

    as per Learning English | BBC World Service

    if i was.. was informal way of telling if i were..

    but i feel there is subtle difference between the two.. if i was arrogant, i am sorry. i believe this sounds a bit the act for which the speaker did indeed enacted.

    If i were arrogant, i would be sorry.. can incorporate not only the past act but also the hypothetical situation pertaining to a person's character..

    i might be wrong though.. teachers, please confirm..

    i am not a teacher:)
    Indeed, "If I was arrogant, I am sorry." puts the arrogance in the past.
    "If I were arrogant, I would be sorry." puts the arrogance in the hypothetical future.

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