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    Default Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Is the following correct...?

    When school opened last September, didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time to organize, develop a theme...

    Should it not be...

    ...didn't it seem as if there was plenty of time to...

    HELP PLEASE!?

    Thanks SO much!

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    Default Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Yes.

    The writer is regarding 'as if' as if it is introducing some highly unlikely situation, in a Conditional clause, whereas the answer to the rhetorical question is an assured 'yes, it DID seem there was plenty of time...'
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Nov-2008 at 19:24.

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    Default Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    I have the same question!

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    Default Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Yes, you are correct. It should be "was."

    The "as if there were" construction is a conditional, and used when the condition is unlikely or impossible.

    "If I were a princess" - it ain't never gonna happen, baby!
    "If I was dressed" - then get a move on and pull on your pants.

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