If I were you and was ...


If I were you and were...

Google results show that the former is correct but hypothetical statements use "were". I'm confused between the two sentences.

  • Why do you use was/were after "and"? What are you trying to say? – helen Sep 1 '18 at 20:21
  • The phrase is normally just if I were you. I don't know why and (was/were) is coming afterwards. Neither version is particularly appropriate. – Jason Bassford Sep 1 '18 at 20:24

Do you mean a sentence like, "If I were you and [was/were] planning this party..."?

"Were" is the technically correct option in this case, for the reason you described. There are two hypotheticals: if I were in your place, and if I were planning the party. The same rules apply to both.

That said, this particular rule often gets ignored in casual speech, and you might hear it both ways.

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