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# As tensions rose in the days leading up to the President’s re-election

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As tensions rose in the days leading up to the President’s re-election bid, one hostile commentator who decried the President’s controversial war policies exclaimed: "If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately." Ironically, this actually emboldened the President’s allies.

A. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately
B. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
C. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
D. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also would resign immediately
E. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and would resign immediately

Pretty straight forward if you know the rules. Now I know the rules regarding Was/Were Subjunctive Mood and "Would" can be used with "If" in some cases

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15 Mar 2018, 19:32
PureReason wrote:
As tensions rose in the days leading up to the President’s re-election bid, one hostile commentator who decried the President’s controversial war policies exclaimed: "If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately." Ironically, this actually emboldened the President’s allies.

A. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately
B. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
C. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
D. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also would resign immediately
E. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and would resign immediately

Pretty straight forward if you know the rules. Now I know the rules regarding Was/Were Subjunctive Mood and "Would" can be used with "If" in some cases

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Hi...

The usage of IF is in hypothetical situation and therefore subjunctive ....

In subjunctive cases, we use be/were instead of indicative forms is/are/was...

So WERE is correct...

In D, usage of AND and also is not correct.. you can omit would from second part after AND..

B is correct
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15 Mar 2018, 23:35
The condition is doubtful or not factual then then it is in Subjective mood.

The subjunctive mood of the verb "to be" is "be" in the present tense and "were" in
the past tense, regardless of what the subject is.

This question shoes example of was/were.

Nice examples I found on http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm to understand use of Was/Were in subjective mood.

Incorrect: If I was you, I would run.
Correct: If I were you, I would run.
(The verb follows if and expresses a non-factual condition.)

Incorrect: I wish he was able to type faster.

Correct: I wish he were able to type faster.
(The second verb is in a clause following a verb expressing a wish. It also suggests a non-factual or doubtful condition.)
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24 Mar 2018, 01:01
PureReason wrote:
As tensions rose in the days leading up to the President’s re-election bid, one hostile commentator who decried the President’s controversial war policies exclaimed: "If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately." Ironically, this actually emboldened the President’s allies.

A. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately
B. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
C. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
D. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also would resign immediately
E. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and would resign immediately

Pretty straight forward if you know the rules. Now I know the rules regarding Was/Were Subjunctive Mood and "Would" can be used with "If" in some cases

Source: Somewhere online

A. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also resign immediately
B. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately Correct
C. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and resign immediately
D. If I were the President, I would be ashamed of myself and also would resign immediately
E. If I was the President, I would be ashamed of myself and would resign immediately

(B)
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