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I'm always confused when it comes to "if" sentences... which one is correct?
"if that were the case"
"if that was the case"
thanks a lot
Last edited by LuMattos; 11-Mar-2008 at 19:52.
Re: "if" problems
Both are correct, Lu and both are in common use. The second can carry two meanings but the context would clue a person in to which one it was.
Originally Posted by LuMattos
If that was the case = if that were the case:
BOTH = That's not the case so both represent counterfactuals.
If that was the case
"allowing that that was actually the case, ...
Jack: I bought the stuff you wanted, Mr Jones but they charged a new environmental fee for the containers so I had to pay $2.87 more.
Mr Jones: If that was the case then I'd better get my wallet and give you the extra.
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