Wasn't or Weren't

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Should I use
'Then if that wasn't enough ....'
or
'Then if that weren't enough....'

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You could use both - but we would need more context to decide which was better for the situation you want to use them in. Could you post another example for us please?

PS - Welcome to UsingEnglish! ;-)

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Red5 said:
You could use both - but we would need more context to decide which was better for the situation you want to use them in. Could you post another example for us please?

PS - Welcome to UsingEnglish! ;-)

:hi:

Thanks for the welcome and the help.
My story goes:
....followed on Tuesday by the dreaded race itself. Then if that wasn't/weren't enough, on Thursday I was due to play in a concert.
 

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It all depends on the context. In this case I'd say that wasn't is what you need.

wasn't = was not

weren't = were not

Because you use the word that, I would use was. It is all down to the singular or plural nature of the subject of your sentance.
 

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I'd be tempted to use 'as if'. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
I'd be tempted to use 'as if'. ;-)

Interesting. I didn't notice the as was missing. I guess I mentally filled it in. That sentence doesn't really work without it.

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Same here Ron - Oooopps! :-o
 
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tdol said:
I'd be tempted to use 'as if'. ;-)

Sorry, it should have read "as if". I can't type!!
Thanks for the help, I had written "wasn't" but it was 'suggested' that I use "weren't" instead!

Thanks to everyone who replied.
 

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It's a pleasure; that's what we're here for! ;-)
 
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Red5 said:
It's a pleasure; that's what we're here for! ;-)

1. The singular THAT suggests the use of WASN'T as appropriate. This is not incorrect.
2. However, being a conditional clause, BE (or sticky grammarians) would tend to use WEREN'T. E.g. If I were you...., If it were not for.....
 
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