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Is ''was" in the second conditional accepted as the correct answer in the FCE examination?
Last edited by ostap77; 23-Dec-2010 at 10:26.
The only exam I know about for certain is the French Baccalaureate, in that exam "were" would be expected, "was" would be considered wrong and points would be lost. I coached some students for the Bac 2010 so I know that this is currently true. As fivejedjon indicated, use "were" and you won't go wrong.
Yes, it is OK- I remember reading it in some of their information. They no longer use it as a testing item- you'd have to go back a very long time to find If I was/were being tested.
But if I can third things- were doesn't annoy people who say was, but was can annoy some who say were, which is why people say things like 'were' is preferred in formal usage. Make a pedant happy and your world could become a better place- job interviews, etc.
PS Gmat regard it as an error, at least they did last time I looked.