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    Needing grammar help!

    Can anyone help me with my grammar on this page? It would be much appreciated! Thanks!!
    ~Karen~

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    "If I were..." vs "If I was..."?!
    Gee, I don't know!
    My gut reaction is "was" because you'd say "I was..." not "I were..."
    But I don't know the grammar rule.
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    I believe you have used "were" correctly. Linda, EarlofOxford, is a former English teacher, so check it out with her.

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    In this case, I think "were" is the correct word. Love your page!
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    Thank you all! I appreciate it very much!
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    I just like the sound of "were" in your journaling. No idea if it's grammatically correct or not. I just love your page!
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    Yes, I'd go with the 'were' too
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    Blimey. I had to resort to google. "Were" is right! Not that I really understand why...
    http://www.businesswritingblog.com/b...s-with-if.html
    http://mleddy.blogspot.com.au/2007/0...-if-i-was.html
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    A little late to this post, but you are correct in using were, Karen!
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    Thanks everyone! At first I had used some of both. Then I googled and still wasn't sure. Glad to know it's OK now. Thanks!!
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    The word if is the key -- were is always the pair to if. Great page, Karen!

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    Thank you Liz!! That made sense.
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    Love, love, love, the proper use of the subjunctive!!! Love the page, too, it's gorgeous!
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    Thank you so much, Sarah!
    ~Karen~

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    I have a little book by the name of Grammar Girls Quick & Dirty Tips . . . if I used it like I intended, I could answer you without looking it up. To have made straight A's in college English, I am atrocious with grammar!!!

    "Believe it or not, verbs have moods just like you do. Yes, before the Internet and before emoticons, somebody already thought it was important to communicate moods. So, like many other languages, English has verbs with moods ranging from commanding to questioning and beyond. The mood of the verb "to be" when you use the phrase "I were" is called the subjunctive mood, and you use it for times when you're talking about something that isn't true or you're being wishful."

    I do believe that you were correct to say "I wish I were . . . "

    Linda (earlofoxford is the grammar expert around here, so I would listen to her! I really like Liz's answer . . . now if I can just remember what she said I will know which to use too!
    I really LOVE your page for the AAM challenge, Karen.
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    Thank you so, so much, Mollie!
    ~Karen~

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