What is the proper use of "was" and "were" in propositions? I am not asking about subject singular.
"If there were a park nearby, I would go to it."
"If there was a park nearby, I would go to it."
They both sounds correct to most people but technically "if there were a park nearby, I would go to it." Is correct. I double checked a few english and grammar forums on the subject. Using "were" this way was described as the "subjective mood." When a sentence conveys a wish, you would use "were." I wish there were a park nearby would also be correct.
"If" is considered a conjunction not a preposition. If you search the proper use of "was" versus "were" when using conjunctions you'll find more information.
Was becomes were when the tense is conditional, i.e. a condition is mentioned. ('Would' usually goes hand in hand in this tense too)
"If I were richer I would go to Spain."
"If I weren't so short I would be able to reach the top shelf!"
Were is also used if a wish is expressed:
"I wish I were taller."
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