1. The World Wildlife Fund has made this error.
3. And let’s not even get started on Bieber.
5. The correct phrasing in these cases utilizes the subjunctive verb form, making it “If I were…”
6. As the Oxford Dictionary defines it, the subjunctive is “relating to or denoting a mood of verbs expressing what is imagined or wished or possible.”
7. It’s often used, therefore, in cases where the speaker is expressing a desire or making reference to an event that might not actually happen.
8. Want an example of someone who gets it right? Look no further than Beyoncé.
She uses the subjunctive because she’s expressing desire to experience an event that will likely not actually happen. You go, Bey!
9. So if I were you, I’d be sure to start using the subjunctive today if you don’t already!
10. Grammar rant over.
- The U.S. government is investigating possible unlawful coordination by some airlines to keep prices high ✈️
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba later this summer for the opening of a U.S. embassy there.
- The U.S. Episcopal Church, which appointed an out gay bishop in 2003, has voted to let clergy perform religious same-sex marriages.