“IF I WERE YOU”

schlechte horror spiele The form “if I were you” is usually used to give advice, and is considered among “conditionals.”

den der ler sidst ler bedst To construct a sentence using this form, “if I were you” is placed at the beginning of the sentence. Afterwards, the advice to be given is placed at the end by following this formula: “I + would (auxiliary verb) + verb in the present tense.”

ruby laser autonivel there For example;

  • If I were you, I would ask my mother’s permission before I went to the cinema.
  • If I were you, I would buy that house now, instead of waiting for another year.
  • If I were you, I would try not to anger my teacher.

Negative sentences are also constructed using the same structure: “I + would (auxiliary verb) + not (negativity adverb) + verb in the present tense.”

  • If I were you, I would not eat that cake before dinner.
  • If I were you, I would not fight with my best friend all the time.

 

Which one is correct, “if I were you” or “if I was you”?

The question as to the right use of “If I were you,” i.e. whether “if I were you” or “if I was you” is right, has always been a major problem for students of the English language. The reason of confusion here is the use of the verb “to be” for the first person singular (I) is “was;” while the in the conditional form, the correct use is “if I were you.”

As is discussed above, the structure “if I were you” does not connote a past tense, but rather a specific conditional form – a situation that is not possible to come to reality. These types of situations are explained in the English language with “subjunctive.” While expressing situations that cannot be real, we use “if I were you” instead of “if I was you.”

On the internet or other media, it is also possible for you to see or hear native speakers to say “if I was you” instead of “if I were you.” Still, this use mustn’t lead you into the wrong direction. Daily speech or colloquial language does not always have to be correct. Therefore if you want to avoid any risks, you should keep using “if I were you.”