Rob talks about using past and present verb forms with 'if', in what we call 'conditional sentences'.

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Sopagna

This is an interesting bit of grammar. Students in my classes often ask me about this. In normal use, they are both the same. I think that "If I were you" is more common. On one website, I read that Americans consider "If I was you..." to be wrong, but I only read that on one site. 

If I were you, I would use "if I were you" rather than "if I was you". I don't think that the meaning changes significantly between the two (though if there are any grammarians that can explain this better, I would be keen to hear about it). 

I think the most challenging part is the pronunciation. Native speakers often squeeze the words together so that it sounds more like /faɪwəju:/.

Hope that helps.


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thanks for that grammatical points .It is very useful.

It is very useful.however each time I want to see them (videos) it takes so long to download them, if it don't stop or ...Please show me how to download every videos of words on the street and save them to use them without on lining. 

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I think he is a great teacher. 

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