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If I were you vs. if I was you? #1 (permalink) Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:07 am   If I were you vs. if I was you?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #347 "English Slang Idioms (68)", question 8

"I wouldn't go in there if I was you. They have been fighting for a while now and ......... are flying!" Matt told Jennifer as she was going to check on her friend Gina.

(a) pillows
(b) feathers
(c) words
(d) paintings

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #347 "English Slang Idioms (68)", answer 8

"I wouldn't go in there if I was you. They have been fighting for a while now and feathers are flying!" Matt told Jennifer as she was going to check on her friend Gina.

Correct answer: (b) feathers

Your answer was: correct
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Hi,

Is it possible if I say " I wouldn't go there if I 'were' you" , instead of " if I was you" ?
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If I were you vs. if I was you? #2 (permalink) Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:42 am   If I were you vs. if I was you?
 

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Yes, indeed. Many grammarians consider 'was' substandard here.
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If I were you vs. if I was you? #3 (permalink) Mon Jan 05, 2009 23:31 pm   If I were you vs. if I was you?
 

Yes, that's an typo/an oversight.
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If I were you? #4 (permalink) Sun Dec 20, 2009 17:56 pm   If I were you?
 

We use the second type of conditional for imagination but why we say
If I were you not if I was you ?
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If I were you? #5 (permalink) Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:53 am   If I were you?
 

"Were" is the past subjunctive of the verb "to be": it is the only verb which has a past subjunctive that is not identical to its past simple form.

- I went to the zoo yesterday.
- I would be happy if we went to the zoo today; it is a pity that we are at home today.

- I was a the zoo yesterday.
- I would be happy if we were at the zoo today; it is a pity that we are at home today.

Many people have always confused the past subjunctive "were" with the simple past "was"; that is why some grammarians consider "was" for the past subjunctive correct nowadays.

Simple past:

I was
you were
he was

we were
you were
they were

Past subjunctive:

I were (more informally "was")
you were
he were (more informally "was")

we were
you were
they were
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If I were you vs. if I was you? #6 (permalink) Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:25 am   If I were you vs. if I was you?
 

If+simple present--------- future simple/present simple
If+simple past ------------- would+verb in infinitive case
If+past perfect------- have been +past participal of the verb
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