English has a subjunctive form

The subjunctive II

The subjunctive II is used in the following sentence constructions:
If I were you, I would talk to the manager. If I were you I would speak to the manager.
It can be used to express a guess, an assumption or a wish and he will conjugated like the simple past tense, except for the verb to be :
I.were(and not What)
Youwere
Heywere(and not What)
Wewere
Youwere
Theywere
Sentence constructions that use the subjunctive II:

• to if :
If I were a rich man! If I were a rich man!
If I had more time, I would show you my office. If I had more time, I would show you my office. (= If I'd more time, I'd show you my office.)
(would expresses the conditional)
If she were my girlfriend, I would buy her roses every day. If she were my friend, I would buy her roses every day.
• after the verb to wishthat expresses a wish or a regret:
I wish you were here. I wish you were here.
Do you surf? - (No but) I wish I could. Do you surf - (No, but) I wish I could.
• to would ratherthat expresses a preference:
I'd rather you came another time. I would rather you come another time.
Horatio would rather people didn't know about his test monkeys. Horatio would prefer people to know nothing about the lab monkeys.
• to it's time:
It's time Willy retired. It is time for Willy to retire.
It's high time that you and I. had a chat about it. It is high time you and I talked about it.

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