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    Is or Was?

    Hi all,

    Should it be:

    1) What if the rest of your life is the best of your life?

    2) What if the rest of your life was the best of your life?"

    1 sounds right, but seems like it's 2 coz it's a conditional statement right? Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Is or Was?

    #2 would be OK with "were" instead of "was". As it is, I find it illogical.

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    #3

    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamalearner View Post
    Hi all,

    Should it be:

    1) What if the rest of your life is the best of your life?

    2) What if the rest of your life was the best of your life?"

    1 sounds right, but it seems like it's 2 coz because it's a conditional statement. Is that right? Thanks!
    Note my amendments above. Please don't use non-standard abbreviations like "coz".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #2 would be OK with "were" instead of "was". As it is, I find it illogical.
    Which part of the no.2's sentence was showed plural? Can't understand use "were" in no.2's sentence.

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    #5

    Re: Is or Was?

    It's not plural - it's the subjunctive.
    I think the subjunctive, used for imaginary situations, is too advanced right now for you. Just trust that it's the right thing in this context.
    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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    #6

    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #2 would be OK with "were" instead of "was". As it is, I find it illogical.
    Thanks bhaisahab. Sorry I'm not clear: what do you find illogical?

    Also, isn't it okay to use both "was" and "were" for conditional statements?

    Thanks!

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    #7

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    Some people, particularly in Britain, have abandoned the subjunctive. But it is alive and well in the US.

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    #8

    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamalearner View Post
    Also, isn't it okay to use both "was" and "were" for conditional statements?
    I learned from other sites that both 'was' and 'were' can be the past subjunctive, but some people on this forum disagree.

    Not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Is or Was?

    Yes, some of us do disagree.

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    #10

    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Which part of the no.2's sentence was showed plural? Can't understand use "were" in no.2's sentence.
    Have you ever heard 'If I were you', where 'I' is singular?

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