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  1. tilly
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    were?

    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-

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    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.

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