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  1. #1
    tinks Guest

    Wasn't or Weren't

    Should I use
    'Then if that wasn't enough ....'
    or
    'Then if that weren't enough....'

    Thanks

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    You could use both - but we would need more context to decide which was better for the situation you want to use them in. Could you post another example for us please?

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  3. #3
    tinks Guest

    Wasn't or Weren't

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    You could use both - but we would need more context to decide which was better for the situation you want to use them in. Could you post another example for us please?

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    Thanks for the welcome and the help.
    My story goes:
    ....followed on Tuesday by the dreaded race itself. Then if that wasn't/weren't enough, on Thursday I was due to play in a concert.

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    It all depends on the context. In this case I'd say that wasn't is what you need.

    wasn't = was not

    weren't = were not

    Because you use the word that, I would use was. It is all down to the singular or plural nature of the subject of your sentance.
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    I'd be tempted to use 'as if'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd be tempted to use 'as if'.
    Interesting. I didn't notice the as was missing. I guess I mentally filled it in. That sentence doesn't really work without it.

    :)

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    Same here Ron - Oooopps!
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  8. #8
    tinks Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd be tempted to use 'as if'.
    Sorry, it should have read "as if". I can't type!!
    Thanks for the help, I had written "wasn't" but it was 'suggested' that I use "weren't" instead!

    Thanks to everyone who replied.

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    It's a pleasure; that's what we're here for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    It's a pleasure; that's what we're here for!
    1. The singular THAT suggests the use of WASN'T as appropriate. This is not incorrect.
    2. However, being a conditional clause, BE (or sticky grammarians) would tend to use WEREN'T. E.g. If I were you...., If it were not for.....

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