#EngQAs: “if I was” vs “if I were” (Facebook discussion)

#EngQAs – Question #3: Can you help @NashSakina and @Armia_RA on the differences between “if I was” and “if I were”?
(22 August 2012)


I must admit that this is the longest discussion on our Facebook account thus far.

Thank you for your participation Laura Siagian, Ryion Yudhi, Littleelephant Childdevelopmentcenter (@fiiixie), Fenessa Masinambow, Rizki Wardana, Nurmala Syahbani, Nass Razak, Salaudeen Shakirudeen, Andretri Hatmojo, Lusi Wiratno, Vianda Thalia, Ajeng Rizky Agita, Ainun Mardhiah, Nendy Koesey and Donny Halim.

Great job, fellas! :)
I think it’s safe to conclude that all of you are familiar with the concept and formation of Conditional 2 (present – unreal).
Main clause with would/should/could/might and Verb 1 + If clause in Simple Past Tense with the exception of “verb be” where we only use “Were”.

If you don’t or need to refresh your memory, you could visit #EngClass: Conditional 2 or #EngClass: Conditional Clause Summary

Conditional 2 menyatakan pengandaian yang tidak sesuai dengan kenyataan.
Contoh: I would apologize if I were rude to you. Aku akan minta maaf apabila aku bersikap kurang ajar padamu. Kenyataannya? Aku tidak bersikap kurang ajar terhadap kamu.

Bagaimana dengan “If I was”?
“If I was” bukan conditional clause. “If I was” merupakan cara halus untuk mengatakan bahwa kejadian itu sungguh terjadi di masa lalu.
Contoh: Please forgive me if I was rude. Maafkan aku kalau aku bersikap kurang ajar. Aku (memang dan mengaku) sudah bersikap kurang ajar.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on August 29, 2012

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