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1. So, if there was no chance for me....
2. So, if there were no chance for me.....
Is one preferred over the other?
As a British native with reasonably good grammar (but not perfect), I would say WAS.
But isn't "if there were" part of one of the conditional tenses? As in "Oh, that there were a handsome prince!" I'm not sure but I think there may be more to this question than meets the eye. Better ask a (real) teacher!
Last edited by hotmetal; 10-Jun-2008 at 16:42. Reason: typographical error corrected
Which is used depends on the perspective of the speaker and how probable it is for them.
Says He :"If I were the Queen of Sheba, I would soon...."
because apart from not being the right sex....
"If I was going to buy a new house, this is the time to buy, when it's a buyer's market."
The sentences you give, the possibly scenario is:
Its David versus Goliath, 2p.m. Interviewed beforehand, David says:
"If there was no chance I could win, I would still fight to oppose tyranny in all its forms." David thinks it is possible he could be the one slain.
"If there were no chance I could win, then it would mean that God the Protector Himself did not exist! He will triumph through me!"
Impossible - god is on my side - I will take home the Cup with Goliath's head in it.
Last edited by David L.; 10-Jun-2008 at 17:05.