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He, she,it, I- WAS
They, you, we - WERE
How come I meet people who say 'I wish I were dead'?
The short, and therefore necessarily distorted, answer is use were after if or wish or rather or as though; use was otherwise. See textbooks and other grammar resources for more details.
I wish I were bigger.
If I were slightly bigger, I would have been able to intimidate others.
He acted as though he were a little child.
(The r drops out in the adjective and adverb forms.)
Yes, you used were correctly.
Just one thing: The second one would be
If I were slightly bigger, I would be able to intimidate others. (Now, in the present.)
(I am not slightly bigger, BUT IF I were ...)
Here's another version of your second sentence. This one talks about the corresponding past situation.
If I had been slightly bigger, I would have been able to intimidate others. (Then, in the past.)
(I was not slightly bigger, BUT IF I had been ...)
If only you knew how much you, Grammar Nerd and Liat helped me.
I wasn't able to comprehend one thing though; Why was the latter sentence incorrect?
'If I were slightly bigger... As you said, I'm not....I wish I could be...shouldn't it be 'would have been able', as I can't get bigger(past).
Please help me!:D
I'd Google something like
English grammar subjunctive
To learn about the tense sequences you are concerned about in your other question, Google
English grammar conditional
You can also use the search box on this site if you want to read specific questions on these topics, but probably a more general overview is what you need first.
WesternAmericanJim, under which(or what?) name I can find this material? Is it called subjuctives?Jim, under which name can I find this material? Is it called 'subjunctives'?
Yoong LiatHmm, I think either is ok... Actually, I would have used "what name". I'm not sure I'm correct, though.WesternAmericanJim, under which(or what?) name I can find this material? Is it called subjuctives?Jim, under which name can I find this material? Is it called 'subjunctives'?
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