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“If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?

I am unsure whether to use "were" or "was" in the following instances

Instance 1:

If I were you


If I was you

Instance 2:

If I were her


If I was her

Instance 3:

If I were a monkey


If I was a monkey

Does it differ between forms of English (British, American)?

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marked as duplicate by Bravo, Matt E. Эллен, RegDwigнt May 22 '12 at 11:20

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I have more to it than that, I'm asking for different subjects and regional differences. – Consciousness May 22 '12 at 10:29
... all of which are mentioned among the answers to the question that I linked to. – user16269 May 22 '12 at 10:31
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"Were" is often used instead of "was" after "if" and "I wish".

You can use "was" instead of "were" in the following sentences:

If I were you, I would stop smoking now.

If he were in my place, he would have realized what I am going through.

I wish I were on a holiday.

So, all your sentences are correct. And both these formats are acceptable in American as well as British English.

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