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  1. meliss's Avatar
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    #1

    were to do

    "The book was to be called “A Fable”, for there were certainly lessons learned. Real lessons that were to change the dynamics of politics in the Middle East with the eventual toppling of several governments."
    It is certainly a gap in my grammar knowledge: did the "lessons that were to change" really change or we can't say? What is it as a grammar construction?
    Thank you.

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    Re: were to do

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    It means that these lessons would play a role in the future political upheavals of the Middle East. The "were to" thing is just another way of saying "would". Also, I believe the second sentence is incomplete. It basically consists of a long relative clause starting with "that" describing "real lessons".
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 05-Nov-2013 at 17:25.

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