Saturday, 7 May 2011

UNTRUE (CONTRARY TO FACT) IN THE PRESENT/FUTURE

(a) If I taught this class, I wouldn't give tests.
(b) I he were here right now, he would help us.
(c) If I were you, I would accept their invitation.

In (a): In truth, I don't teach this class.
In (b): In truth, he is not here right now.
In (c): In truth, I am not you.

Note: Were is used for both singular and plural subjects. Was (with I, he, she, it) is sometimes used in very informal speech but is not generally considered grammatically acceptable.


Cheers!
Naeem

Source(s):
Understanding and Using English Grammar by Betty Schrampfer Azar

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