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

  1. If I was to sum up my computer knowledge in one word, it would be “destitute”.

  2. If I were to sum up my computer knowledge in one word, it would be “destitute”.

Which is correct?

  • I think this is not a duplicate. I just had doubts while writing this about this exact thing. I found the other question, but it didn't answer my exact question. This one did. It's about the hypothetical "If I were to..." Therefore, I don't think this is a duplicate. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica May 14 '16 at 19:31
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In British English, both of those are acceptable, and as I understand it, equivalent. In American English, however, were is required in hypothetical sentences like these, rather than was. For detailed answers to your question, please see “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?. (But only one answer there, not high rated, mentions BE vs AE.)

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