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About that conversation, I can only say one thing, it's pretty much TYPICAL!
I don't get your question but I think you're having a hard time to decipher what you're friend has told.

Okay so you were LATE and you're friend had told you that the pastor had said something about being late and he asked if you heard the pastor. You said you didn't. And he replied maybe you weren't there yet.

"Maybe you weren't (or were not) there yet." Means you were there but you hadn't been there when the pastor had told something about being late. Though you were there, but you were LATE, maybe you entered the church when the pastor HAD already finished saying something being late.

Hope I helped, though English is not my first language. Yeah, bummer. Anyway, just trying to help.
That makes a lot of sense! Thank you!
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It seems that an interesting variation is that the word "you" is alway presumed to be plural, even when used in a singular context. The WAS / WERE dilemma is a big one!
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AnonymousIt seems that an interesting variation is that the word "you" is alway presumed to be plural,
No, It isn't. It just happens that the form of BE used with singular 'you' just happens to be the same as that used with plural subjects. The same is true of 'I' with all other verbs, but we don't think of 'I' as being plural.
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That's it ! Thank you. Basically, it's the difference between the definitve and subjective. I was a naught child.. If i were a good girl...easy!
Do any of you know how to keep an answer simple? The answers you provide are usually more confusing than the questions. I came here to ask the same question, but after reading the replies already given, I'm more confused than ever. Thanks a lot. It would appear that those giving long, rambling replies are trying to impress more than help and instruct. And for future reference, please write plainly. We're not all English majors or teachers. Truly good writing is writing that can be understood by any reader.
AnonymousI came here to ask the same question
The original question was I'm looking for a simple answer to which is correct: "I was" or "I were."

Here's a simple answer that covers 99.999% of cases:

After I wish, use I were.
After if, use I were.
Otherwise, use I was.

Do that and you're good to go. Emotion: smile

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so this question was never answered??????
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