What if I was or what if I were?

What if I was or what if I were?

A good trick to decide which you want to use is to determine if the thing you are talking about is something that actually happened or something that you are wishing or imagining might have happened. If it really happened, use “if I was,” but if not, go with “if I were.” Phew! Our heads hurt just thinking about that.May 24, 2019

Can we use if I was you?

From my research online the correct way is to say “If I were you” and not “If I was you” because this is the “subjunctive mood”. However they don’t say the underlying reason for it. They just say use “If I were you” when it is subjunctive.May 20, 2014

Is if I was a man grammatically correct?

‘If I were a boy’ is the correct form in this kind of conditional sentence. However, sentences like ‘If I was a man’ are so commonly used that it is surely just a matter of time before they become acceptable.

Is it if there were or if there was?

Senior Member. They are both “correct.” In this context, was and were are two sides of the same hypothetical coin. Some consider “were” formal, and “was” informal; but that’s style, not grammar.Mar 9, 2018

Is it grammatically correct to say if I was?

Many people use if I was and if I were interchangeably to describe a hypothetical situation. The confusion occurs because when writing in the past tense, I was is correct while I were is incorrect. However, when writing about non-realistic or hypothetical situations, if I were is the only correct choice.

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What is the difference between if I was and if I were?

Use ‘if I was’ for real situations that are in indicative mood. Used in a subjunctive mood, ‘if I were’ indicates an unreal situation. Something that can never happen. You are imagining a situation, that isn’t true yet or cannot be true.

What to use with I Was or were?

Generally, “was is used for singular objects and “were” is used for plural objects. So, you will use “was” with I, he, she and it while you will use “were” with you, we and they. There is a tip you might want to consider.

Why do we say if I were?

Why do you use IF I WERE and not IF I WAS? The reason we use WERE instead of WAS is because the sentence is in the SUBJUNCTIVE mood which is used for hypothetical situations. This is a condition which is contrary to fact or reality (the fact is, I am NOT you).

What is meaning of if I were you?

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishLongman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishFrom Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrange1 /reɪndʒ/ ●●● S1 W1 AWL noun 1 variety of things/people [countable usually singular] a number of people or things that are all different, but are all of the same general typerange of a range of services The drug is effective against a range of bacteria.https://www.ldoceonline.com › Geography-topic › rangerange | Definition from the Geography topic – Longman Dictionaryif I were youif I were youspoken used when giving advice and telling someone what you think they should do I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.

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Can I say if she were?

1) If she definitely isn’t, then use “if she were”. 2) If the rest of the sentence is in past tense, then it’s more likely to be “if she was”. If the rest of the sentence is in present tense (including present conditional), then it’s more likely to be “if she were”.

Is if I was a boy correct?

“If I were a boy” is grammatically correct, because the conditional introduced by “if” needs the subjunctive “were”. “If I were a boy, my parents would not make me help with the housework.” However, many native English speakers would say “if I was a boy”, even though strictly speaking it is not correct.