English Grammar

lesson about " could"

Who can me explain something ? I don't understand : it's written : "He could be here with us if he weren't abroad all the time " Why "weren't" or not" wasn't" ( he: singular . weren't: plural ) ? I would have written " wasn't ...."


  • Hello Anita: this a construction to express a wish - or to make an assumption - the subjunctif preterit (also called preterit modal) of the verb to be used with "if" at the beginning of the sentence: Ex: given by GG: If I were you I would talk to the manager - I I were rich - If she were my girlfriend I would buy her roses - I wish you were here -
  • Thank you very much, Pernelle, it's kind of you ! Your Answer is clear ... Anita

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