"If I were you,"


 If I were a bird, I could fly to you means As I am not a bird, I can't fly to you but If I were you, I would hire him does not mean As I am not you, I will not hire him, right?


What do you experts think? Thank you so much in advance.

asked Jan 24 '14 at 02:08 Hans Contributor

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No, not right.


You can infer similar meaning from both.

Since I am not a bird, I can't fly to you like a bird.  But I might fly to you on an airplane.

Since I am not you, I can't hire him.  This assumes that "you" is the hiring manager for the position.  But I might hire him for my own department. 

link answered Jan 24 '14 at 03:29 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you but It was I "would" hire him, not 'I" could" hire him' so I thought meaning does not make sense. What do you think?

HansJan 24 '14 at 04:35

Sorry, I meant to write "I won't hire him." We have to assume that the only person able to hire him is "you". In both cases, if you won't fly or hire because you can't fly or hire.

Patty TJan 24 '14 at 05:02

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