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If I were you or If I was you?

Which one is correct – if I were you or if I was you?

The word were in the phrase if I were you is special form. It is known as the subjunctive mood (from the grammatical point of view).

Today you also find the phrase if I was you. Here Simple Past form of be is used. But there are people who say that this phrase is incorrect and would never use it (mainly Americans). Others say that this phrase can be used.

  • If I were you I would phone him. → subjunctive mood
  • If I was you I would phone him. → Simple Past.

The following song by the group Beirut uses the second form, which would be considered incorrected by Americans. Let’s just think of poetic license. Check out the lyrics by clicking on the following link:

And now, enjoy the music video …

 

 

La importancia de reírse por no saber idiomas

Desconocer el idioma de tu interlocutor es un marco perfecto para las bromas, chistes o malentendidos graciosos.  De ahí la importancia de tomarse con sentido del humor su aprendizaje, al menos en parte, porque de esta manera alivias la práctica diaria y te atreves a lanzarte un poco más con el speaking, espantando la aparición de la “vergüenza ajena” tan española.

Quien mejor que tú para reírse de ti :-)

Uno de los grupos emblemáticos contemporáneo del humor inteligente, les Luthier, hace una divertida parodia con los idiomas como fondo, entrevistando a un grupo británico.

¡Espero que lo disfrutéis!*

*y ya sé que esto nunca os pasaría a vosotros …  ;-)

 

Happy Birthday, David Gilmour!

Hoy, es el cumpleaños de David Gilmour, vocalista, compositor y guitarrista del grupo de rock británico Pink Floyd,
¡Felicidades!

Today, it’s David Gilmour’s birthday, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of The british rock group Pink Floyd.
Congratulations!