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  1. Flovina
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    was/were

    Hi,

    Help me to check the reasoning and tell if I'm right

    For I, in a hypothetical situation, we use 'were'
    e.g
    If I were there, he wouldn't act so snobbish.
    I wouldn't go there if I were her.

    and 'was' is used in past tense.
    e.g
    I was walking along the drag and heard someone called up my name.
    I was about to give you a ring when I saw the advertisement.

    However, I'm uncertain which to use when it comes with the word 'wish'
    e.g
    I wish I was there or I wish I were there?
    How I wish I wasn't going to his house or how I wish I weren't going to his house?

    please help.
    thanks


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    Re: was/were

    Quote Originally Posted by Flovina View Post
    Hi,

    Help me to check the reasoning and tell if I'm right

    For I, in a hypothetical situation, we use 'were'
    e.g
    If I were there, he wouldn't act so snobbish.
    I wouldn't go there if I were her.

    and 'was' is used in past tense.
    e.g
    I was walking along the drag and heard someone called up my name.
    I was about to give you a ring when I saw the advertisement.

    However, I'm uncertain which to use when it comes with the word 'wish'
    e.g
    I wish I was there or I wish I were there?
    How I wish I wasn't going to his house or how I wish I weren't going to his house?

    please help.
    thanks
    The subjunctive mood expresses wish, command possibility, etc.

    I wish I were -- subjunctive mood
    I wish I was -- dying subjunctive mood

    If I was -- dying
    If I were -- subjunctive

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    The subjunctive mood expresses wish, command possibility, etc.

    I wish I were -- subjunctive mood That's correct
    I wish I was -- dying subjunctive mood I call it indicative mood

    If I was -- dying, I'd call for my guardian angel
    If I were -- subjunctive, I'd be called mood

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