How to change Conditional sentence of Present unreal into reported speech. I have an example :
“If the weather is fine, I will go on a picnic with my friends,” she said. As I read the answer key, the answer is :
She said that if the weather was fine, she would go on a picnic with her friends.
I am confusing. Why we don’t use “ were “ in this case.
In addition, in my textbook, there is an example as below:
“If I were you, I wouldn’t buy that coat,” she said.
The answer is :
She said that if she were me she wouldn’t buy that coat. In this case, “ were” is used for “she”. Meanwhile, for the first example, “was” is used for ” the weather “.
Both “the weather” and “she” are singular noun but in the second example, why “were” is used for “she” ???
If we change conditional sentence of present real into reported speech, "to be" will used : "was" for singular noun and "were" for plural noun. For changing conditional sentence of present unreal into reported speech, "to be" will be used :"were" for all subjects ( both singular and plural nouns). Is it correct ?
I hope to receive help. Thanks a lot.