I'm very doubtful about the use of the subjunctive mood in this particular case. I wrote "I was wondering if it were correct" and someone said it's wrong because I should've used "was" instead of "were". Is it true? and where can I read more about this?

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    At the moment, we're unable to move it automatically for you, but you should ask this question on our sister site instead: English Language Learners. The correct word is, in the majority of cases, indeed "was". The guys at ELL can tell you why in more detail. – Dan Bron Jun 8 '15 at 22:34
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    'But you should ask this question on our sister site instead' seems pretty dismissive to me. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 8 '15 at 22:49
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    @EdwinAshworth I'm not notified of your replies unless you @-mention my username. And I intentionally and deliberately introduced that clause with a preamble and closed my comment by literally answering the question, specifically so that OP wouldn't feel like he was being dismissed. He wasn't. Being pointed to ELL, a site dedicated to helping non-native speakers hone and refine their English, is not an indictment or a punishment. I make a policy of generally-welcoming and warm comments to new users. I only get brusque when they demonstrate obstinacy or a contrarian attitude, which OP hasn't. – Dan Bron Jun 8 '15 at 22:56
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    @Dan Bron How on earth can you judge that this person is 'a user for ELL' when they ask a question that elicited some subtly layered responses, and ask it in a way that would put many new enquirers to shame? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 8 '15 at 23:15
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    @EdwinAshworth There are, currently, 3 close-votes on this question, so it seems I'm not alone in what you term my "judgement". Second, I think you're not getting that I didn't suggest OP ask the question on ELL because I don't want it here, but because I think he will get better answers there, because there is an active community of people who have learned, through daily practice, how to explain things clearly to non-native speakers. Why do I believe he's a non-native speaker? I don't have a doubt about that. – Dan Bron Jun 8 '15 at 23:21