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Should I say:(ESL perspective)

"I have to treat English as if it is my own''.

Or

"I have to treat English as if it was my own''.

Which is correct?

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Colloquially, both are correct and I hear it all of the time. However, when expressing something that is hypothetical (i.e. conditional or created for the sake of argument) you should use the subjunctive case:

"I have to treat English as if it were my own."

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