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Hello, Chante, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Chante posted:


1) If I were rich, I would buy that mansion.

OR

2) I wish I were on Jamaica's sunny beaches right now!

"were" in both sentences (as well as other verbs in the past in similar constructions) is a case of what we call "unreal past," or "past subjunctive": verbs in the past tense that express present or future time.

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