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It is true this thing about the simple past?

I read that in the simple past only for the first singular person I can say both:

-I was

or

- I were

Is it correct?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    For past simple, it's only "I was".

    When you use "I were", it's not past simple; it's past subjunctive. "If I were..."

    Or, you use "I were" if there are others who make up the subject: "My friend and I were..."

     

    You can't say "I were" for the simple past. "I were" would be the subjunctive, not the simple past. You can say, for example, "If I were smarter, I would study to be a doctor." But you can't say "I were in Mexico last year" for "I was in Mexico last year."

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