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    #1

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    Is the use of "were to" in the following sentences right?
    Also explain the meaning of the same.

    The Prime Minister said: "I have indicated in opening remarks that I do not intend to be Prime Ministerial candidate if the UPA were to come to power after the general elections.

    BJP leader Narendra Modi will prove to be "disastrous" for India if he were to become the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

    If she were to come tomorrow, I would want you to tell her to get the book.

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    I found the usage of 'were to' on http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/be_1 Definition#6

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    will prove to be "disastrous" - I would use would prove here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUJANLONDON View Post
    If she were to come tomorrow, I would want you to tell her to get the book.
    Is it the second conditional where the speaker thinks she will probably not come?

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    Re: were to

    If she were to come tomorrow, I would want you to tell her to get the book.
    I can't think of a common context where you'd say that, but rather, "If she comes tomorrow, please tell her to get the book".
    However, as an academic exercise the sentence is correct. Often sentences sound quite weird if you choose the wrong pronouns. For example, "If she were to come tomorrow, I would want him to tell her to get the book". This would sound more natural if you were telling someone else about your expectations of 'him', or just thinking it.

    Note to all: Quite often learners make example sentences with 'you' where the sentence would never be natural in speech. By using 'him, them' etc. they could be considered as thoughts. When you use 'you', you are making it an explicit dialogue or statement.

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    '"Were to" ... to emphasize that the conditional form is extremely unlikely or unthinkably horrible.'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/conditional/wereto.html

    Does it apply to the OP's sentences?

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    Re: were to

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    '"Were to" ... to emphasize that the conditional form is extremely unlikely or unthinkably horrible.'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/conditional/wereto.html

    Does it apply to the OP's sentences?
    I agree with neither "extremely" nor with "horrible" -- let alone "unthinkably horrible."

    I don't know how much you should trust that site for the future.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I agree with neither "extremely" nor with "horrible" -- let alone "unthinkably horrible."
    Do you agree that 'were to' refers to 'unlikely situations'? For example, 'If I were to become the next president, I would ...'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't know how much you should trust that site for the future.
    I don't know how to discern whether a site is trustworthy.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 07-Jul-2014 at 12:41. Reason: typo

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    No. As an American, I use the subjunctive for any unreal or hypothetical situation.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I agree that that page is wrong. Why is "If I were to lose my job, I would probably not find a new one quickly" correct, whereas "If I were to lose my job, I'd easily find a new one" wrong? No reason at all that I can see.

    I might register there and ask on the forum about it.
    Last edited by Raymott; 07-Jul-2014 at 14:19.

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