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    If it were not

    Johnís plan to become the team-leader was succeeding so far, if it were not for other promises the management would make.

    - What does the bold part exactly mean? Can I omit the word "for" and say, "if it were not other promises...."?

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    #2

    Re: If it were not

    Your sentence makes no sense. "If it were not" is subjunctive. It sets up a hypothetical.

    Try: "John’s plan to become the team-leader would be succeeding, if it were not for other promises made by management."

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    Re: If it were not

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your sentence makes no sense. "If it were not" is subjunctive. It sets up a hypothetical.

    Try: "John’s plan to become the team-leader would be succeeding, if it were not for other promises made by management."
    Thanks Mike, well fine, but what about the "for"? If I say, "if it were not other promises..." - would it be okay?

    And another point, if we say, "John's plan to become the team-leader was proceeding...." - I believe that's fine, right?

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    Re: If it were not

    The "for" is needed there.

    "Was proceeding" is indicative. It does not work with the subjunctive.

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    Re: If it were not

    If you want to omit something, you can omit if and say were it not for other promises.... (Note the inversion)

    Also, I would not use the comma after succeeding.

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