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Art/Literary - Linguistics
|English term or phrase: I wish I WAS or I wish I WERE?|
|I've never understood the difference between the two...|
"Sometimes, I wish I WAS a little girl..."?
"Sometimes, I wish I WERE a little girl..."?
|was (informal) were (formal)|
Michael Swan, in Practical English Usage, says: Subjunctive - be - Be has special subjunctive forms: I be, you be, etc.
It important that Helen be present when we sign the papers.
The forms I were and he/she/it were, used for example after 'if' and 'wish' in a formal style, are also a kind of subjunctive.
If I were you I should stop smoking. I wish it were Saturday.
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