If I were you

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We often use the structure If I were you --- to give advice.

If I was you --- is also possible, but some people consider it incorrect.

If only

If only ---! means the same as I wish ---

tenses

After if only ---! we use a past tense to talk about the present.

We can use were instead of was.

To refer to the future, we use would + infinitive.

To refer to the past, we use had + past participle.

See also

Ill and Sick
If I were you
In case and if
If and unless
In spite of
Interesting, interested, exciting, excited etc.
Inversion of subject and verb
Is, am and are
It
It's and its

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