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P6 Grammar 9 years 8 months ago #1

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Hi, I am confused with this question. Can anybody please explain the answer?

If he ________ as committed as you say he is, he would not be skipping practice for no good reason.
(1) was (2) is (3) were (4) has
answer: 3

I thought the answer should be (1). He should be was not were.
Thank you. :)
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Re: P6 Grammar 9 years 8 months ago #2

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Answer cannot be "was" because "was" is a past tense. The word "if" is like it cannot happen now, past or in future. As a result, the answer can only be "were".
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Re:P6 Grammar 9 years 8 months ago #3

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Hi Fairy Best Friends

Grab hold of any books on grammar and look at the section on Sentence Structure.

We use the second conditional to talk about an imaginary situation that is unlikely to happen in the future.

The simple past tense is used in the if- clause and would + verb is used in the main clause.

The answer is option (3) were

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Re:P6 Grammar - SUBJUNCTIVE 9 years 8 months ago #4

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www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-subjunctive.htm
We usually use the subjunctive were instead of "was" after if (and other words with similar meaning). Look at these sentences:

If I were you, I would ask her.
Suppose she were here. What would you say?
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