Interested in Language
I have recently sent an email containing this sentence portion within it :
In the case of X I would personally consider it a great miss if for some reason we weren't able to Y.
Upon several readings of this email (but regrettably after I have sent it) it occurred to me that I may have made a mistake by using "weren't" which is the past tense of "were" - because I am describing an action that will occur in the future. However, then I realized that I am using a rhetorical case - "If blah blah"... So now I am at a loss because my intuition tells me I am wrong but the literary tool I used in my sentence could bend it back into the realm of the acceptable.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you may provide.
Tense and time are not the same in English- we can use the past tense to talk about the future. There's not need to regret sending your email- the second conditional you're using can refer to the present of the future, and is correct here.