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    Thumbs up gapped txt

    Just ... you ... not eaten for a week or two and ... absolutely starving and the only food that ... available to you ... a trapped rat that you had no way of cooking, would you be tempted?

    my answers:

    suppose/supposing
    had
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)

    ?
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    Re: gapped txt

    had...were...was/were...was/were

    I don't see how you can get 'was' into the second gap, though some dialects use 'you was'. With the last two, I am happier with 'was' because the imaginary part has been described, but some speakers prefer to maintain the unreal past throughout.


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    Re: gapped txt

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Just ... you ... not eaten for a week or two and ... absolutely starving and the only food that ... available to you ... a trapped rat that you had no way of cooking, would you be tempted?
    my answers:
    suppose/supposing
    had
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)
    was/were (unreal past okay too?)
    ?
    thanks
    had...were...was/were...was/were

    I don't see how you can get 'was' into the second gap, though some dialects use 'you was'. With the last two, I am happier with 'was' because the imaginary part has been described, but some speakers prefer to maintain the unreal past throughout.

    Hello Tdol

    Just supposing
    1.you had not eaten for a week or two
    2. you were absolutely starving
    3. the only food that were available to you were a trapped rat that you had no way of cooking, would you be tempted?

    They are the three postulates of a hypothetical situation.

    As I see it, the whole text is a description of an imaginary situation; this is why I used subjunctive throughout.
    The 'weres' in bold are there to indicate the subjuctive hypothesis.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    The first 'was' is a typo

    Thank you

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    Re: gapped txt

    Have a look here: https://www.usingenglish.com/poll/445.html

    It's OK to use the subjunctive throughout and many do. But if you look at the results here, you'll see that more don't. This could be for two reasons: firstly, that they don't use the subjunctive, and many don't, or it could be that within the imaginary situation, the descriptions are regarded as facts. I fall into the latter camp; once the imaginary situation is established, I feel more comfortable with the indicative. However, that is my chocie, and I think both forms are fine, and in the comments, you will see that people representing both your view and mine have commented. My advice would be to do what you feel is right. You seem to be looking at it as three suppositions, while I see it as one supposition with two factual details inside it.


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    Re: gapped txt

    [QUOTE=Tdol;159285]Have a look here: https://www.usingenglish.com/poll/445.html
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    Tdol
    I like the polls site very much
    Thanks

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    Re: gapped txt

    I think it's fun.

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