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    sentence structure

    Hi.
    Please explain the sentence structure of the following statement.
    According to the World Health Organization, werethere to be an outbreak of any of the six most dangerous diseases, this could be cause for quarantine.
    Why "were there" rather than "there were"?
    Appreciate the help.
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    Re: sentence structure

    You can replace "were there" if "if there were."

    "If x were to y" = "Were x to y"

    "If I were to come" = "Were I to come"
    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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    Re: sentence structure

    pangaea, please correct the information in your profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can replace "were there" if "if there were."

    "If x were to y" = "Were x to y"

    "If I were to come" = "Were I to come"
    Many thanks!

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    Re: sentence structure

    There is no need to write a new post to say Thank you, pangaea. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question. It saves everybody's time

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