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    #1

    if there was/if there were

    Hello

    1. So, if there was no chance for me....
    2. So, if there were no chance for me.....

    Is one preferred over the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hello

    1. So, if there was no chance for me....
    2. So, if there were no chance for me.....

    Is one preferred over the other?
    Was,is are preceded by singular object.
    No chace is singular.
    There was no chance for me.-Correct.
    There were no chance for me.-incorrect.
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    Re: if there was/if there were

    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


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    Re: if there was/if there were

    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....
    compare:
    "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.
    compare:
    "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.

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    Re: if there was/if there were

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    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....
    compare:
    "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.
    compare:
    "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.
    I were..is used as an improbable and imaginary conditional.
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    Re: if there was/if there were

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    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....
    compare:
    "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.
    compare:
    "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.
    So, if I use "was" it's just more probable that something is true or will happen. And if I use "were" than this probability is less possible?

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