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Hi,I want to know why did you use this(what song would I pick if I were getting married to my boyfriend? And we don’t really have a song)why you didn't say if i was getting married.Thanks

01:23 AM Apr 30 2010 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

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Great question! This is something most native speakers aren't even clear about. In the example you point to, "were" is used because it follows "if," making the sentence subjunctive. Without "if," you would use "was," like in the famous song lyric, "I wish I was a little bit taller…" 

Truthfully though, in day to day English, either "was" or "were" would be acceptable in the example. So don't worry too much about this issue.

11:26 PM Apr 30 2010 |