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# If she were to win the medal, I for one would be disturbed

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10 Jan 2004, 07:45
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If she were to win the medal, I for one would be disturbed

A) If she were to win the medal
B) If she was to win the medal
C) If she wins the medal
D) If she is the winner of the medal
E) In the event that she wins the medal
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10 Jan 2004, 08:32
I would too go with A.

But C also seems right and is shorter than A

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10 Jan 2004, 09:49
A.

subjunctive. 'would' in the ending sentence needs the sentence to be subjunctive.

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10 Jan 2004, 11:20
Well done and good explanation, official answer is A.
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10 Jan 2004, 11:22
I am just starting my day and expect it to be good. Your answer just confirmed that.

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10 Jan 2004, 16:01
My impression wat that 'were' denotes something that is not true, rather than something that may or may not happen?

For example - If I were God, I would not have to study for GMAT.

Isn't C more concise and hence better suited than A? Also, if the first part were "If she wins tomorrow", how would you complete the second part? Won't you still use "I would be disturbed"?

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10 Jan 2004, 16:50
Check this out on subjunctive mood of the verbs.

http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm

Hypothetical situations are described using subjunctive verb forms.

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10 Jan 2004, 18:26
Thanks for the link. Here is the relevant portion of the page:

The subjunctive mood is used in dependent clauses that do the following:
1) ...
2) begin with if and express a condition that does not exist (is contrary to fact)
3)...

Example: If Juan were more aggressive, he'd be a better hockey player.

Don't you think this still suggests that 'were' should be used to describe something that is contrary to the fact and not a condition?

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10 Jan 2004, 18:37
I just took the quiz offered at that site about subjuctives and I think it has an example just like the question under discussion. It shows that just because the second part of the sentence is subjunctive, the first part need not be.

9. If his parents ____________ more careful in his upbringing, Holden Caulfield would have been quite different.
B. were

The correct response is A. If the information in the "if" clause points to a condition that is or was probable or likely, the verb should be in the indicative, not the subjunctive.

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10 Jan 2004, 20:51
The subjunctive mood covers both hypothetical situations and also situations in the past. The case you are talking about is in the past. This has to use "had been".

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