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“if I were” When we say or this is called the subjunctive mood… “if she were”
The trick: Use the subjunctive mood if the sentence is a “what if” or “if only” sentence.
If it was / weresnowing in the northeast as much as the weather forecaster had predicted, I bet the kids there don’t have school today.
If I was / were a rich man, I’d buy lots of yard gnomes. If this was / were Friday, we’d celebrate! I think buying gnomes was / were the right choice. If school was / were more interesting, I wouldn’t fall asleep. I think students would like school if there was / were more gnomes.