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    02-20-2012, 06:17 PM
The subjunctive mood: "If I were you..."

The English teacher first posted "If my daughter was...", I corrected her, as is my civic duty, since she teaches people how to write/speak, then Speed Racer very snarkily insisted that the English teacher was correct. You are free, Speed Racer, to google "subjunctive mood" & edify yourself (& Ms. English teacher, if she needs verification).

For uncertainty, employ subjunctive mood; for conditions contrary to fact, employ subjunctive mood; when you have a wish, employ subjunctive mood. If I were you, I'd do that!
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    02-20-2012, 06:23 PM
If my daughter was 10, that'd be okay! See? It can be used occasionally
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    02-20-2012, 06:29 PM
If you want to mess with the subjunctive mood, then you're messing with correct usage.

Merely repeating a sentence with the wrong verb form proves nothing: "If my daughter was ten, that'd be okay. See?" No, I don't see & neither do upholders of correct English usage.
    02-20-2012, 06:36 PM
Plus, if you extend your logic to the rest of the pronouns, you'd be saying: "If we was...", "If you was..." & "If they was..."!!
    02-20-2012, 06:42 PM
If I was 10 works as well so, it works in a few situations
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    02-20-2012, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his bum every time he jumped.

Seriously though I have never thought about it. As soon as I hear, "If I (were/ was) you....." I either quit listenting or cut em off with a , "well you're not"
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    02-21-2012, 12:29 AM
If you'd had it taught to you in convent school as I had, you'd never have forgotten it! ;)
    02-21-2012, 12:15 PM
MisssMarie, since you keep saying that "was" works "in a few situations", it behooves you to say just what those situations are! Are you being deliberately vague because you know that you're wrong?

The reader can google any number of sites which will tell him that "were" is correct usage. Even Cha-cha will tell you!
    02-21-2012, 12:24 PM
If Northern were busier, she might not post ridiculous threads.

Actually, I really do believe that "was" CAN be used in some instances. I'll get back to you on that.
    02-21-2012, 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by Northern    
The English teacher first posted "If my daughter was...", I corrected her, as is my civic duty, s
Instead of correcting her - wouldn't your 'civic duty' be to ask her to explain? We learn by opening our ears - not our mouths.


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