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I'm confused on the use of was and were when coupled with the pronoun "it". When "it" is used to replace a singular noun, then shouldn't one use "was" to go with it? Yet grammar check in Microsoft Word says "were" is accepible. Here is the context:

The trophy was in his closet. If it were/was mine, I'd have it on the mantle.
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In all indicative mood sentences, it is a singular pronoun taking the singular verb. The example that you have exhumed, however, is a use of the subjunctive were used in conditional sentences stating a present condition contrary to fact (the trophy is not in fact the speaker's). Were appears with all subjects in this type of sentence:

If it were raining now, I would be very wet.
If I were king, I would rid the nation of its woes.
If she were cuter, I would ask her for a date.
If they were rich, they wouldn't be borrowing my car
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etc.

This use of the subjunctive is quite formal these days, and you will often see was in the place of were with1st and 3rd person singular subjects.
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Mister MicawberThis use of the subjunctive is quite formal these days, and you will often see was in the place of were with1st and 3rd person singular subjects.

A good argument for the establishment of SPUSMA (Society for the Preservation of the Use of the Subjunctive Mood in America).Emotion: smile
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Mister MicawberIn all indicative mood sentences, it is a singular pronoun taking the singular verb. The example that you have exhumed, however, is a use of the subjunctive were used in conditional sentences stating a present condition contrary to fact (the trophy is not in fact the speaker's). Were appears with all subjects in this type of sentence:

Unfortunately, there are those well-meaning, educated folk who misuse the subjunctive after "if", when a simple indicative is needed: "I did't know if he were coming or not" is not an example of contrary-to-fact and should be "I didn't know if he was coming or not". This is quite different from "If he were coming I would bake a cake" (but we know that he isn't coming).
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He, She, It use Was

I, We, They, You use Were.


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