Have you ever heard a NATIVE English speaker say, "Well, if I was president" or "if she was there." It really gets to me....I've been told not to be a grammar snob, but it's hard for me when I notice that English speakers have such a hard time with the subjunctives of other languages because they don't even know how to use their own! And it's really not emphasized at all in schools anymore.....so what's the reason behind this...and what can we do to revitalize the subjunctive mood? I'm asking because tens of my English as a Second Language students find it easy to use the subjunctive but are discouraged when they hear English speakers contradicting what I just taught them. Sure, I let them know that as in all languages, there are dialects and mistakes are made innately...but I don't know what else to say. So help me out. What's with this epidemic, and how can we stop it?