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1 more quick 2nd conditional question

Unread postby TutorT » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:41 am

In this sentence:
If the world WAS going to end tomorrow, would you be afraid?
Everything I read tells me it must be "were" but it sounds awkward to me.
Is there any leeway here or do I just suck it up and accept it has to be "were".
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Re: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question

Unread postby SaritaAgerman » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:46 pm

hi,

Sometimes 'was' sounds awkward because so many people use was in everyday conversation without really thinking. I always teach my students 'were' though because it helps them to recognise that the sentence is conditional (as you'd never use 'were' otherwise). I think were becomes more natural sounding the more you use it. For example, after a year of teaching, I find myself cringing slightly when I hear someone use 'was' (maybe that's just my teacher brain speaking though).

I think in everyday conversation, no one would really judge you for using 'was' (except for a pernickety TEFL teacher haha!)

Hopefully this article might help you
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Re: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question

Unread postby karavarum » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:05 am

SaritaAgerman Thank you for right answer
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Re: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question

Unread postby becki » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:53 am

SaritaAgerman, nice explanation. I completely agree, the correct use is "were".

I have a couple of speaking activities using the 2nd conditional, if you need them for class

Best of luck!
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Re: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question

Unread postby SaritaAgerman » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:10 pm

Glad to help. really appreciate the link with activities above too - I'll use them with my teens.
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