Everyone I've asked has a different take on which word is correct.
Here are two examples of sentences :
If I were you, I would have paid that bill before the due date. Is "were" correct, or would it be "was" ?
If I were closer to your school, I would have loved to see your soccer game. Is "were" correct,
or should I have used "was" ? Help please.
"Were" is the correct form in both examples, since the sentences describe situations/conditions that are not actually "true."
Although English is considered a Germanic language, nonetheless much of its grammatical usage and terminology derive from Latin grammar. In Latin grammar this would be considered "hypothetical subjunctive contrary to fact." Or, more simply: If it's not the real, the actual situation--use the subjunctive.
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