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    "Were to" in unreal condition.

    Good day. I have a question and ask you to answer it, please.
    I learnt that in unreal condition we may use "were to" to emphasize that the conditional form is very unlikely or extremely horrible. But now I doubt, whether this use of "were to" right or not. I'm confused a little and ask for help. There are some examples:

    If I were to be rich, I would have my own plane.
    If I were to lose my job, it would be really terrible.
    If I were to have failed my driving test tomorrow, I would have had to take it again.

    I hope you'll help me. Thank in advance.

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    Re: "Were to" in unreal condition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post

    If I were to be rich, I would have my own plane.
    If I were to lose my job, it would be really terrible.
    If I were to have failed fail my driving test tomorrow, I would have had to take it again.
    See my corrections above.

    The first refers to the present. It could be changed to "If I were to become rich, I would buy my own plane" (refers to the future).
    The third is incorrect because you chose "tomorrow". Had you written "yesterday" instead, "were to have failed" and "would have had to" would have been correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Were to" in unreal condition.

    As far as I understand, the problem for the OP is in identifying the difference in meaning between the two types of sentences:
    1) If I were to lose my job, it would be really terrible.
    2) If I lost my job, it would be really terrible.
    Which sentence is more emphatic or less likely?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: "Were to" in unreal condition.

    Let's wait and see what the OP has to say.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Were to" in unreal condition.

    Thanks for your answers and corrections, I didn't expect that you would reply so quickly.
    Yes, the main point of this thread is what the difference between this patterns: 2nd and 3rd conditional and "were to". Which pattern is more emphatic, and which is more neutral. How it will be for native speakers' ear if I say:
    If I were to have failed my driving test yesterday, I would have had to take it again. - with "were to"
    If I had failed my driving test yesterday, I would have had to take it again. - with 3rd conditional.

    If I were to lose my job, it would be really terrible. - with "were to"
    If I lost my job, it would be really terrible. - with 2nd conditional.

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