"I wish I was" or "I wish I were" I'm thinking it depends on what you are saying. For instance: "I wish I were a sailor." That to me sounds like you currently want to be a sailor. "I wish I was a sailor." That sounds as though you wish at one point you could have been a sailor. But that's just what I take from it. What are the actual rules for this? Really you could avoid all confusion and say "I want to be a sailor." But still, I'd like to know the answer.