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    IF or WERE

    Under the education plan proposed by the school board of Rocklyn Country, ....... unhappy with a particular school, they could simply move their children to another.


    1. were parents
    2. when parents
    3. parents who were
    4. parents were

    My question : I think we must use "

    were parents to be unhappy... " OR " should parents to be unhappy ". using WERE unhappy is a bit awkward here. isn't it?
    thanks

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    Re: IF or WERE

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Under the education plan proposed by the school board of Rocklyn Country, ....... unhappy with a particular school, they could simply move their children to another.


    1. were parents
    2. when parents
    3. parents who were
    4. parents were

    My question : I think we must use "

    were parents to be unhappy... " OR " should parents to be unhappy ". using WERE unhappy is a bit awkward here. isn't it?
    thanks
    Yes, "were parents to be" would be better IMO.

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    #3

    Re: IF or WERE

    "Were parents unhappy" = "if parents were unhappy"

    It reads OK to me.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Nov-2013 at 22:13. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: IF or WERE

    Good usage of READ. I haven't seen this sentence before. Can we use your sentence in a passive voice? ( I mean : It is read OK to me ? )

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    #5

    Re: IF or WERE

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Can we use your sentence in a passive voice? ( I mean : It is read OK to me ? )
    No

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    #6

    Re: IF or WERE

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Were parents unhappy" = "if parents were unhappy"

    It reads OK to me.
    I agree. I actually prefer it without "to be".

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