The One Grammatical Error Everyone Needs To Stop Making

Stop the madness, people!

1. The World Wildlife Fund has made this error.

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2. Chris Christie too.

Come on, Chris.

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3. And let’s not even get started on Bieber.

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4. See the pattern? “If I was” is just not correct.

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5. The correct phrasing in these cases utilizes the subjunctive verb form, making it “If I were…”

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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.”

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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.

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8. Want an example of someone who gets it right? Look no further than Beyoncé.

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She uses the subjunctive because she’s expressing desire to experience an event that will likely not actually happen. You go, Bey!

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9. So if I were you, I’d be sure to start using the subjunctive today if you don’t already!

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10. Grammar rant over.

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