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Hi, I am an English teacher in Japan.

I know ` If I were you, I would ~~~`. But, does anyone say `If I had been you, I would have p.p.~~`???

I think `If I were you`means `If I was(were) in your shoes,` or` If I was(were) in this situation`, or `If I was (were) faced with this problem` This is usually followed by some suggestion or advice. For me , this sounds highly idiomatic expression and seems one symbolic representative of Western Individualism. Therefore, `If I had been you` must be weird. Of course, it's OK to say `If I had been in your shoes,` and so on.

I would like to know whether people use this or not.

Thanks in advance.
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Western individualism aside Emotion: smile ,if I had been you is perfectly fine, and so is if I had been in your shoes.

if I were you expresses an imagined present.

Here's some advice for what to do going forward in time from the time of the utterance:
If I were you (right this minute), I would invest all my money in XYZ company stocks.

if I had been you
expresses an imagined past.

Here's some advice that would have been given at the time imagined in the past:
-- I told you not to invest in PQR company stocks, but you wouldn't listen, and now you've lost everything.
-- What should I have done?
-- If I had been you (at that time), I would have invested all my money in XYZ company stocks.


CJ
AokoHi, I am an English teacher in Japan.

I know ` If I were you, I would ~~~`. But, does anyone say `If I had been you, I would have p.p.~~`???

I think `If I were you`means `If I was(were) in your shoes,` or` If I was(were) in this situation`, or `If I was (were) faced with this problem` This is usually followed by some suggestion or advice. For me , this sounds highly idiomatic expression and seems one symbolic representative of Western Individualism. Therefore, `If I had been you` must be weird. Of course, it's OK to say `If I had been in your shoes,` and so on.

I would like to know whether people use this or not.

Thanks in advance.

Yes, you can use it. You could also say "If that had been been me, I would have..."
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Thank you Jim and Miky. It was a great help. 
If I had been you (at that time), I would have invested all my money in XYZ company stocks.

I do not think "if I had been you (at that time)..." is correct at all. The structure seems to suggest that it is indeed possible for ME to be YOU at some point in time in the future - and that it just so happened that at that particular past time i had not been you.

this is why for this structure exclusively the form "if i were you..." (no matter the tense) is used.
I agree with the opinion of "anonymous". The previous 2 postings are wrong. You cannot use "If I had been you" as a post-conditional from of "If I were you." You would have to use a different construction such as
“If it had been me…” “Had it been me…” “If I’d been in your position…” “If I’d been in your shoes…”
It is interesting to note that this page and another discussing the same grammatical issue are the only hits on Google when you use “If I’d been you” as a search term. If people really said that, there'd be far more hits.

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AnonymousIt is interesting to note that this page and another discussing the same grammatical issue are the only hits on Google when you use “If I’d been you” as a search term.
Emotion: tongue tiedEmotion: tongue tiedEmotion: tongue tied

What internet are you searching on?

If I'd been you = If I had been you.

I got more than 22 million hits on these, more than five million for just the first one.

CJ
AnonymousThe structure seems to suggest that it is indeed possible for ME to be YOU at some point in time in the future
It suggests no such thing any more than "if I were you" suggests that it's possible for me to be you at any time -- unless you have a very overactive imagination. Emotion: smile

Both of these are idioms. Figures of speech. They mean "if I [were (now) / had been (then)] in the same situation as you".

CJ
Hi , I am an English teacher in Iran .
To me , in some situations people use ' If I had been in your shoes ,' In fact , they use it when think ,they have missed all uportuonities .Maybe! ..........
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