A variation of conditionals?
I have found these sentences, "If I were you, I would have enjoyed my vacation.", "If I were you, I would have explained what happened." So I think the structure of "If I were...., I would have p.p..." is also possible. Do you agree with the grammar? I really hope to hear from you again. Thank you so much as usual.
HsKyH7, neither of these two sentences is correct.
"If I were . . ." expresses an imagined present, "if I had been . . .", an imagined past.
Here are your options:
If I were you, I would explain what happened.
If I had been you, I would have explained what happened.
|link||answered Oct 09 '12 at 12:34 Peter Guess Expert|
Yes. In these cases "were" is a subjunctive form (indicating an imaginary or unreal state) of the word "be." Also possible is "If she/he/it were here, then..." or "I wish she/he/it were..."
Ordinarily, the first person singular past tense form of the word "be" is "was." As in, "I was just leaving."
|link||answered Oct 09 '12 at 10:32 mysticete Contributor|
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