Difference between 'was' and 'were' in a sentence.




What is the difference between 'I'd wish I was in Shimla.' or 'I'd wish I were in Shimla.' Also, it would be really helpful if you could help explain the difference in usage between the two. 



Josna Joseph 

asked Jun 10 '13 at 12:28 Josna New member

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Shawn is absolutely correct -- we use "were" instead of "was" when the condition is impossible to come true (as in "If I were you,..."). Something else about your sentence, though: it should be "I wish... " and not "I'd (I would) wish..." :)

link answered Jun 10 '13 at 15:38 Elin Tomov Contributor

Elin, good catch! I totally missed that.

Shawn MooneyJun 10 '13 at 21:52

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Josna, great question!  Using were instead of was makes "being in Shimla" seem impossible or very unlikely.  Using was instead of were makes "being in Shimla" seem possible or something that easily could have happened (but didn't). I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jun 10 '13 at 12:37 Shawn Mooney Expert

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