Homeschooling and Frugal Living on One Middle Class Income.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Hypothetical Unreal Statements: Was or Were
Sometimes I think I'm old fashioned because I follow the "were " rule when using "If" statements! Does anyone say "If I were you" or "If they were... " anymore? I keep seeing "If I was you" or "If money was no object". I see this in places without formal editors, like blogs, self published educational items, and low budget publications.
The rule is to use "were" with hypothetical unreal statements regardless of the subject tense. See here, and here for full explanation of subjunctive.