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Lenka

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can we say ?
If I were you, I'd marry her.
or If I was you, I'd marry her.

What is right? why?

Lenka
 

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Strictly speaking one should say 'if I were you', but 'if I was you' is so widespread that it's not frowned upon anymore.

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Lenka said:
can we say ?
If I were you, I'd marry her.
or If I was you, I'd marry her.

What is right? why?

Lenka

Francois might be giving the British English perspective. "If I was you" is still frowned upon in American English, at least by those who can make a difference in one's life. :wink:
 

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Lenka said:
can we say ?
If I were you, I'd marry her.
or If I was you, I'd marry her.

What is right? why?

Lenka

i think if i were you sounds correct
if i was you it sounds awkward
 

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gonghai said:
Lenka said:
can we say ?
If I were you, I'd marry her.
or If I was you, I'd marry her.

What is right? why?

Lenka

i think if i were you sounds correct
if i was you it sounds awkward

I agree. :wink:
 

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I think I would use "were" here since i was taught that "were" should be used for all persons in this particular pattern.
 

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Lenka said:
Look here:
https://www.usingenglish.com/articles/second-conditional.html
just at the end os the site is a small table where is written this:


I were you, I'd marry her.


If I was you, I'd marry her.


How can I understand it?

Lenka

The subjunctive is a bit strange.

If I were you (subjunctive mood) tells the listener that the speaker knows that the proposal could not be true or is extremely unlikely to be true.

If I was you (indicative mood) tells the listener that the speaker bleieves that the proposal is true or at least very likely to be true.

In this case it is impossible for the speaker to be the listener. That is why the subjunctive is correct.
 

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I have some new questions:

1) Can we write Paris’s love (of book Romeo and Juliet) and read it like „Parises“ ?

2) Is your news good or bad? – this is a sentence I have read in book Romeo and Juliet. „News“ is plural, so why did they say „Is“ instead of „Are“ ?

3) How did you get in here? - I am not sure, but I think I have read this in Romeo and juliet too. Anyway, why is the preposition „IN“ there? Could we say: How did you get here? Which cases can I use „in here“ and which can I use just „here“ with?

4) wanna = want to?
Gonna = going to?

5) This is my last question. It doesn’t concern grammar. How can we end informal letter or an e-mail to a friend, boy? Can we use Love, Hugs, or Kisses? He is just my friend I don’t know that if when I use for example LOVE he won’t think I love him. Does it sound stupid? What would you think when you got a letter ended with one of these words? I still haven’t got the English flair and sense for what is good to use.
I hope you will help me.



+ 6) Well, I just remembered one really last question. What does gotta mean? is it got to?

Thanks, Lenka
 

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Can we write Paris’s love (of book Romeo and Juliet) and read it like „Parises“ ?
I don't think Paris's is correct. Add an apostrophe only (no s) if you need to use a possessive.

How did you get in here?
I believe you can use either get or get in. The latter says that you're in a house, a building etc.

wanna = want to?
Gonna = going to?
Yes

What does gotta mean? is it got to?
Yes

How can we end informal letter or an e-mail to a friend
"Take care" for instance.

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It is interesting, because I think there was Paris's love in tzhe book. Anyway, thank you for the answers. But what about question number 2?
+ question 5: which other words could I use to end it? I don't still want to write just TAKE CARE. Can I write:
Hugs,
Lenka
?




Thanks.
 

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Please, answer (anyone) my questions!
Here I have other question, number 7)
Which one is right?
I am proud of me/myself.
Me or myself?

Lenka
 
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I am proud of me/mysel
Me f.or myself?

I am proud of myself.
He is proud of hiself
She is proud of herself etc.
But
I am proud of him / her / them
 

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Could someone answer these questions again?



I have some new questions:

1) Can we write Paris’s love (of book Romeo and Juliet) and read it like „Parises“ ?

2) Is your news good or bad? – this is a sentence I have read in book Romeo and Juliet. „News“ is plural, so why did they say „Is“ instead of „Are“ ?

3) How did you get in here? - I am not sure, but I think I have read this in Romeo and juliet too. Anyway, why is the preposition „IN“ there? Could we say: How did you get here? Which cases can I use „in here“ and which can I use just „here“ with?

4) wanna = want to?
Gonna = going to?

5) This is my last question. It doesn’t concern grammar. How can we end informal letter or an e-mail to a friend, boy? Can we use Love, Hugs, or Kisses? He is just my friend I don’t know that if when I use for example LOVE he won’t think I love him. Does it sound stupid? What would you think when you got a letter ended with one of these words? I still haven’t got the English flair and sense for what is good to use.
I hope you will help me.



+ 6) Well, I just remembered one really last question. What does gotta mean? is it got to?

Thanks, Lenka



At least these:
It is interesting, because I think there was Paris's love in tzhe book. Anyway, thank you for the answers. But what about question number 2?
+ question 5: which other words could I use to end it? I don't still want to write just TAKE CARE. Can I write:
Hugs,
Lenka
?



Lenka
 

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Yes, I think you can write Paris's love, though I believe it looks better with just an apostrophe.

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So what would you think about someone who would end his e-mail to you by:

love,
Lenka

What would you think of him?
 

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If it's a friend or family, it's fine.- it would look a bit strange otherwise. ;-)
 
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