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    Question When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home.

    Hi,

    I have seen for example "sometimes we are snowed in in winter" but not something like "When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home". Can farms be trapped in snow so that they cannot move? or we should say "When farmers were snowed in they stayed at home"?

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    Re: When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home.

    It's possible for a farm to be snowed in. This simply means that it is surrounded by snow to the extent that it is not possible to get in or out of it. If we speak of the farmers being snowed in, it would be redundant to say that they stayed at home. It might not be redundant to say that they stayed indoors. If a farm is snowed in, it might still be possible for farmers to get to parts of the farm, unless the farmhouse itself were snowed in.
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    Re: When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's possible for a farm to be snowed in. This simply means that it is surrounded by snow to the extent that it is not possible to get in or out of it. If we speak of the farmers being snowed in, it would be redundant to say that they stayed at home. It might not be redundant to say that they stayed indoors. If a farm is snowed in, it might still be possible for farmers to get to parts of the farm, unless the farmhouse itself were snowed in.

    Thanks a lot. Excuse me, you've mentioned that "unless the farmhouse itself were snowed in". I wonder if it should be editted as "unless the farmhouse itself was snowed in" or "unless the farmhouses themselves were snowed in".

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    Re: When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home.

    Piscean is correct. 'Unless' can take the subjunctive 'were'. ('Unless it was' is also correct.)

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    Re: When farms were snowed in the farmers stayed at home.

    You can used if/unless it were.

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