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    position of were

    Hi, there is a sentence which seems a little bit weird.

    You might explain to the would-be producers that while you see the charm of their proposal, they need to avoid the bad feeling that would result were a living relative of one of the deceased to complain that the scavenger hunt would be a desecration.

    I don't understand why 'were' there is. It doesn't make sense to me grammatically. But I think it should be correct as it comes from the article. Could you help?



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    Re: position of were

    The 'were' belongs with 'to', which comes later.

    Let's take a simpler example:

    'I would be very annoyed were you to be late for our meeting'.

    It means 'I would be very annoyed if you were to be late for our meeting.

    The original quote could be rephrased like this:

    '...the bad feeling that would result if a living relative...were to complain...'
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    Re: position of were

    Thanks. now I understood and another question has crossed my mind. It's about "result". I think it is a verb, but then there should be "in" or other subject as I think result is a transitive verb. Isn't it?

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    #4

    Re: position of were

    No, result is intransitive. "In" would not be a subject.

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    Re: position of were

    Sorry, I was confused. But if result is intransitive, should there be "in"?

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    #6

    Re: position of were

    No. "In" is not required.

    If the stock market fell, chaos would result.

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