I am helping my friend with a story that is written in the past tense, and I've hit a snag with their uses of conditional and subjunctive. I could have sworn that I learned that you use "was" instead of "were" for at least one of these things when writing in the past tense, but I can't find any information about this exception now. Am I totally off-base, or am I getting conditional and subjunctive mixed up with some other grammatical form?
For reference, here are two examples:
- Peter called softly to the cat, as if he was wooing a fussy toddler.
- Julia angrily reminded Peter that if he wasn’t such an incorrigible gambler, maybe he would’ve had enough money to go to Florida himself.
I originally thought that "was" was correct for these sentences, but now I'm concerned that I may have been wrong.