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In some situations, we can use "were" with "I" although its grammatically wrong. But somehow it's being used many times, I don't know the situations any idea guys??

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    Your question is general reference. You can say "I were" after if, I wish and if only. – Irene Jun 19 '12 at 9:44
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    "O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!" - Romeo & Juliet, Act 2. – user16269 Jun 19 '12 at 11:22
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    “Unless I were already dead....”, “Suppose I were to tell you...” Neither of those is “grammatically wrong”. – tchrist Jun 19 '12 at 11:33
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    For example, "If I were seven feet tall, I'd be a great basketball player" is grammatical. See here for more explanations: grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#subjunctive – user19148 Jun 19 '12 at 12:05
  • It's not "grammatically wrong". – Max Williams Jul 18 '16 at 11:01
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I were, used in the kind of contexts Irene has mentioned in her comment, has traditionally been regarded as a subjunctive from. It is certainly grammatical. The authors of ‘The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language’, however, refer to it as 'irrealis, indicating that it conveys varying degrees of remoteness from factuality.' Their view is that the difference between were and was in such constructions ‘is one of style level . . . were [being] somewhat more formal than was.

  • The authors of CGEL undoubtedly had great intentions when they tried to change the name to irrealis, but I expect that on the whole, they created more confusion than they cleared up. – Peter Shor Sep 18 '15 at 12:31
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It’s not grammatically wrong.

We use “If I were,” “if he were” etc. for:

  1. If/Unless Clauses

    ex. If I were you, Unless I were you

  2. Conditional Clauses (omitted “If”)

    ex. Were I you

  3. Wishes

    ex. I wish I were rich.

  4. Doubts or Supposition

    ex. Suppose that I were to join.

  5. Together with “As if/though”

    ex. He looks as if/though he were drunk.

  6. Some fixed expressions

    ex. as it were, would that it were

You can use this structure particularly when writing about something hypothetical, unlikely, or contrary to fact.

  • Sorry about the numbers. I can't seem to make them work – Cool Elf Jun 19 '12 at 11:48
  • Fixed it for you. – tchrist Jun 19 '12 at 12:01

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