IF I WAS vs IF I WERE - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

Since the usage of these two terms is often unclear, we decided to take a closer look. The phrase "If I was" is used for things that could have happened in the past or now. For example: If I was rude, I apologize. The speaker thinks he or she might have said something rude and feels sorry for it. "If I were", however, is used when we speak about imaginary situations or things that are contrary to fact, such as here: If I were a dog, I would sleep all day. There is no way we could actually become a dog, which is why we need to use 'were' instead of 'was' in this case. So remember: Use 'If I was' for things that could have happened in the past or could happen now and 'If I were' for things that are imaginary or impossible. That?s it for today. See you next time!


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