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    Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Is the following correct...?

    When school opened last September, didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time to organize, develop a theme...

    Should it not be...

    ...didn't it seem as if there was plenty of time to...

    HELP PLEASE!?

    Thanks SO much!

    J


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    #2

    Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Yes.

    The writer is regarding 'as if' as if it is introducing some highly unlikely situation, in a Conditional clause, whereas the answer to the rhetorical question is an assured 'yes, it DID seem there was plenty of time...'
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Nov-2008 at 20:24.

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    #3

    Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    I have the same question!

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    Re: Didn't it seem as if there were plenty of time...

    Yes, you are correct. It should be "was."

    The "as if there were" construction is a conditional, and used when the condition is unlikely or impossible.

    "If I were a princess" - it ain't never gonna happen, baby!
    "If I was dressed" - then get a move on and pull on your pants.

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