I Wish This Was / I Wish This Were

As the I Wish This Was project has gained momentum, I’ve received a few comments from people who are telling me that “I wish this was” should be “I wish this were” because this would be the proper use of the subjunctive mood. I hear you, and the last thing I want is to be an enemy of proper grammar. Long discussions on the topic suggest that both usages are acceptable. This project is about striking up a casual conversation in the city, and most people, including smart ones, say “I wish this was” in daily conversation. And it just sounds right in this context. I hope you understand! Don’t hurt me!

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