Difference between "were" & "was"


Why would you say:  "I wish I were in (love or Hawaii or with you)....", but it becomes:  "If/When I was in (love or Hawaii or with you)..." . I don't remember learning "I were" anywhere in the conjugation on the verb 'to be'.  Thanks.


asked Jul 13 '13 at 14:13 BEVDawes New member

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After a wish, the subjunctive mode is used, so it is correct to say, "I wish I were....." The subjunctive mode is also used in a clause introduced by if, so it is also correct to say, "If I were....." And it is correct to say "When I was...." I hope this helps.

link answered Jul 13 '13 at 14:33 Jane Owen Eason New member

Thanks, Jane. That explains it. Guess I was sleeping that day in English class. LOLBarbara

BEVDawesJul 20 '13 at 19:03

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