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    Default unless he __ a lunatic

    1. No one, unless he be a lunatic, would do that.
    2. No one, unless he should be a lunatic, would do that.
    3. No one, unless he is a lunatic, would do that.
    4. No one, unless he were a lunatic, would do that.
    Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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    Default Re: unless he __ a lunatic

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. No one, unless he be a lunatic, would do that.
    2. No one, unless he should be a lunatic, would do that.
    3. No one, unless he is a lunatic, would do that.
    4. No one, unless he were a lunatic, would do that.
    Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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    1,2,3.
    4 would be rendered more commonly as "No one would do that unless he were a lunatic" or
    "No one would do that unless they were a lunatic".

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    Default Re: unless he __ a lunatic

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1,2,3.
    4 would be rendered more commonly as "No one would do that unless he were a lunatic" or
    "No one would do that unless they were a lunatic".
    Did you mean only $4 is acceptable?

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    Default Re: unless he __ a lunatic

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Did you mean only $4 is acceptable?
    That's what I meant, yes.
    You will occasionally hear 3, but it's not an exam answer.

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    Default Re: unless he __ a lunatic

    All seem to be acceptable, if slightly pedantic or archaic.

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