Was vs. were


Why do some people say....." If I was an elephant...."..and others say...." If I were an elephant......Which one is the correct?

asked Jun 02 '14 at 17:22 Bon New member

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Using the plural form of the verb with a singular subject is the subjunctive mood.  It is used to imply that the circumstances are such as to be unlikely or impossible to happen.  Since a human can never be an elephant, 'if I were an elephant' is the correct usage.

If I were taller...

If I was to go to the store...

link comment answered Jun 04 '14 at 10:44 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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