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Pinar12

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I've learned to use "were" in if sentences.

f.ex. If I were you, I would study more.

Please see now this sentence:
He walked over to me and asked if I was (?) the cousin of the bride.

Why not to use "were" here instead?

Please help with an explanation.

Thank you.
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I've learned to use "were" in "if" sentences.

[STRIKE]f.ex.[/STRIKE] For example: If I were you, I would study more.

Please now see [strike]now[/strike] this sentence:

He walked over to me and asked if I was (?) the cousin of the bride.

Why can I/we not [STRIKE]to[/STRIKE] use "were" here instead?

Please help with an explanation.

Thank you.
[strike]E[/strike] There's no need to put anything after "Thank you", whether it's a name or an initial. We just use usernames here so, to us, you are Pinar12.

See my corrections above. Who told you that it's not possible to use "were" there?
 

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Thank you,

but this doesn't really help.
Do you mean that "were" is also possible in this sentence?
Which one is more common respectively grammatically correct?
 

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f.ex. If I were you, I would study more.

Please see now this sentence:
He walked over to me and asked if I was (?) the cousin of the bride.

Why not to use "were" here instead?

In the first, you're proposing a situation that can't be true, so you should use the subjunctive "were".

The second proposes two possible situations: you are or are not one of the bride's cousins. You can't use the subjunctive in this case.
 
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