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    use of subjunctive mood

    Is the use of were correct, or acceptable, in the following sentences?
    The workers, called Johnnies, (or Sallies as the case were), would start early in the morning...
    If a man were lucky enough to be the first one in,...
    Would was be a better choice?

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    Re: use of subjunctive mood

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Floyd View Post
    Is the use of were correct, or acceptable, in the following sentences?
    The workers, called Johnnies, (or Sallies as the case were), would start early in the morning...
    If a man were lucky enough to be the first one in,...
    Would was be a better choice?
    I would rewrite your first sentence thus: The workers, called Johnnies, (or Sallies), would start early in the morning...

    The second is correct with "were".

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