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posted by rfvv

1. If I had a lot of money, I could buy a new car.
2. If I had a lot of money, I bought a new car.
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Are both grammatical? For #1, there is no possibility of having a lot of money in the present. For #2, there was possibility of having a lot of money in the past. Is that right?

3. I wish I were a bird.
4. I wish I was a bird.
[is #4 acceptable on a written test?]

  1. Writeacher

    1 is correct, but 2 is incorrect.

    3 is correct, but 4 is incorrect.

    Possible revisions:

    When I had a lot of money, I bought new cars. (implying that I now don't have a lot of money!)
    Because I had a lot of money, I bought a new car.

    #3 correctly uses the subjunctive form of the verb "to be" because the statement is contrary to fact.

    #4 is incorrect because it doesn't use the subjunctive form of the verb.

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