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Originally Posted by cisf0rcalvin

My friend and I were debating about
"If I were invisible, then I could tell you something."
"If I was invisible, then i could tell you something."

is it were or was...

it should be was. But i'm only 80% sure
 

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It should be "were" because "was" is strictly past tense. "were" is used in the plural past tense only, but also is used in the future perfect tense; in your example as a hypothetical situation.
 

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haha hvok you beat me to it. I love grammar
 

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It should be "If I were..."

It's called the subjunctive tense, something used only very rarely in English - but much more in other languages. One of its English uses is to express hypotheses, which you are doing in that sentence.
 
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