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    Default Re: One or it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Exactly.
    But if you're going to make an assumption, you might be able to assume that "it is possible" rather than "it would be possible".
    This would be my preference:
    2/ For example, let us assume that it is possible to increase the charge of electrons ...
    Hi Raymott,
    I used "it would be possible" rather than "it's possible" because that I assumed is contrast with the truth (we are likely to say "If I were you" but not "If I am you"), am I right? To be safe, maybe I go with the first sentence.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: One or it?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Hi Raymott,
    I used "it would be possible" rather than "it's possible" because that I assumed is contrast with the truth (we are likely to say "If I were you" but not "If I am you"), am I right? To be safe, maybe I go with the first sentence.
    Thank you.
    If you assume something is true, you don't have to use the subjunctive. You'd say: "Let's assume I was you." or "Let's assume I am you". If you assume something for a mind exercise, you pretend it is true, and use the grammar for true things.

    To give tedtmc his due, his correction of 2. is probably the simplest way of saying what you want.

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    Default Re: One or it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's true, you can postulate a scenario in which 2. is good.

    But the OP presented the two sentences and asked which was better - the implication being that the meanings were similar. I meant that 2. is not good if you are taking "it" to be the subject of an impersonal verb, as in "It is possible".

    Certainly you are right if "it" has a concrete referent, and this does make them both correct.
    One problem is that we often don't know what the level of the poster's understanding is.
    So when they ask something like 'Which one is (better)(correct)?', we may not be sure if the actual words the poster uses to ask the question is what they really mean.
    Also, other students read the answers and that may cause us to answer in a more comprehensive way. (at a 'higher level') Of course, the most important person is the one who asks the question.

    Interestingly, both of the first two responders answered that both can be correct. But no doubt, there can be more than one way to perceive and answer the question.

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