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    #1

    "if I were to"

    hi,

    Even if I were to do so, I would do so with great hesitation.

    please, does this expression mean the same as "if I were supposed to"?

    Can I assume that there is "if you were to", "if he/she was to" and so on?

    thanks.


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    Re: "if I were to"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    Even if I were to do so, I would do so with great hesitation.

    please, does this expression mean the same as "if I were supposed to"?

    Can I assume that there is "if you were to", "if he/she was to" and so on?

    thanks.

    Hello,
    Yes, you are right. The verb "to be" is used in its modal meaning -prearranged necessity. So, you can paraphrase this part into: "If i were supposed to do it according to some plan/arrangement/schedule."

    Yes, your last thought is absolutely correct.

    All the best,
    Mariya

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