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Hi, i just read that Fowler says that its more correct to say, " If i were to say that i was wrong", rather than "if i were to say that i were wrong". why is that so?

similarly, do i say, " even if i knew where he were", or "even if i knew where he was", when i'm referring to the current location of the said "he"?

Thanks so much for your help in advance.
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It's simply logical.

The doubt is only about "I am saying or not saying," not about "I was wrong." You don't need doubling "were" up.
i see, what abt my second qn then?
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even if i knew where he is
is my choice for his present location
but I think many would use "he was"
but shouldnt you keep in line with the conditional aspect of the sentence?

Eg.: If i were a millionaire, i WOULD...
If only he knew that you and I WERE brothers...
Marius Hancu,

One more thing. Since you said that it isnt necessary to double "were", then shouldnt it read, " If i were to say that i am wrong"?
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SJ88but shouldnt you keep in line with the conditional aspect of the sentence?

Eg.: If I were a millionaire, I WOULD...
fine (because you're making a hypothesis about what you would do in that case)

If only he knew that you and I WERE brothers...
use are, IMO, there are no doubts/hypotheses about the fact that we are in effect brothers (which is undeniable), but about him knowing

SJ88Marius Hancu,

One more thing. Since you said that it isnt necessary to double "were", then shouldnt it read, " If i were to say that i am wrong"?
Both am/was work, depending on the time of being wrong.
Marius Hancueven if i knew where he is
For concordance with the imperfect subjunctive you need the simple past tense (was).
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