Which sentence is correct and why?

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I wish I was as thin as my sister.  OR  I wish I were as thin as my sister.

asked May 05 '13 at 13:31 Karen Gustofsen New member

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Both sentences are grammatically correct, and have much the same meaning.  However, there is a different nuance.  I wish I was as thin as my sister makes it sound like the weight-parity is conceivable, possible; I wish I were as thin as my sister makes it sound the exact opposite - you believe that it is absolutely inconceivable, impossible, that you would ever become as thin as your sister is.  I hope this helps.

link comment answered May 06 '13 at 11:20 Shawn Mooney Expert

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