[quote=“irishstu”][quote=“derek1978”]The sentence was a topic for an essay:
“If I were an Adult”
I corrected her, saying it should be:
“If I was an Adult” or “If I were to be an Adult”
She said that “were” is future tense and can be used like she used it. But, it just sounds funky to me. I always was taught that “were” belongs to plural nouns, such as: “We were” “They were” etc.
In the end, she is the boss, so I taught it her way. But it bothers me.
Who was right?[/quote]
She was right. You gave other possibilities, but she was right (Though her explanation sucked).
It’s second conditional, it’s hypothetical, and in this case it is correct to use “were”.[/quote]
Sorry, dude, but my little bro is, as always, right.
It’s a weird quirk when using the second conditional, irrespective of the subject, the BE auxiliary is always “were”.
It’s not archaic, it’s not overly formal or flowery, it’s just correct grammar.
And yeah, her explanation was bullshit.