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Noah Cochran


When something is a wish or otherwise hypothetical, it is correct to use “were”, although people will use “was” because it sounds right (like I thought it did). I might say, “I wish it were summer!” This is present tense, but I still use “were”.

Alright, so let me make sure I’m understanding: If writing something hypothetical or as if someone wished for it to happen, you use the word ‘were’ and not ‘was?’ For instance, are these two sentences correct: If only I were home. OR Even if it weren’t raining, I still wouldn’t go outside.


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