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    Thumbs down 2nd conditional or passive?

    can anyone answer this for me? I had this question in a book:

    1. What would happen if the sky (was / were ) polluted?
    my answer was to choose 'were' as it being the correct choice in a contrary to fact 'if' clause.
    However i was told that the correct choice would be 'was' because it is passive.
    I am confused .... who is correct?

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    Default Re: 2nd conditional or passive?

    There's no difference between active and passive IMO with the conditionals. I would say that both forms are correct, though 'were' is preferred by many. If you say 'if I were you', then say 'if the sky were polluted' as well.

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