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?
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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