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Which is correct?

I wish everything was as easy OR I wish everything were as easy

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  • In writing and formal speech, wish takes the past subjunctive.
    – tchrist
    Sep 16 '18 at 18:51
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"Everything" is singular, so you should use the singular form "was".

I wish everything was as easy.

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    One can only wish it were so.
    – tchrist
    Sep 16 '18 at 18:53
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Everything is treated as a singular noun. In fact, any noun phrase that contains every is singular.

Every student has three books.

On a cruise, every day is filled with fun.

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  • This is irrelevant: wish takes a past tense, usually past subjunctive.
    – tchrist
    Sep 16 '18 at 18:54

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