Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: were?

  1. tilly


    I have a question about the grammatical form of this sentence.

    "If they were to leave, I would be happy.

    Were is used for past tense, so why is it used in this sentence? WHy do we use were when we're talking about the future?

    Thank you-

  2. Editor,
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 63,710

    Re: were?

    Because it isn't true- they are leaving at the moment, nor do they look as if they are going to, so we use the past to show it's imaginary rather than real.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts