Conditional tense

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Conditional tense

Postby gtkuk » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:35 pm

Why do we say "If I were you...." and not, "If I was you....? I believe it is the Mixed Conditional. But why don't we use "was"?

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Re: Conditional tense

Postby Alan » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:30 am

Actually, BrE speakers frequently do use 'was', but 'were' (a form known as the past subjunctive, used to refer to hypothetical present events and situations) is preferred by most AmE speakers.

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