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26 Jul 2008, 22:56
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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.

A was not so painful, it
B was not so painful, they
C were not so painful, they
D were not so painful, it
E were not so painful, being one

I chose A, but the OA is D
The explanation said this was subjuntive mood.
My question is how can we make sure that this is of subjuntive mood?

I just thought the author wants to say something like this:
If I was not in Hong Kong, I would have traveled to US.

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26 Jul 2008, 23:28
judokan wrote:
A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.

A was not so painful, it
B was not so painful, they
C were not so painful, they
D were not so painful, it
E were not so painful, being one

I chose A, but the OA is D
The explanation said this was subjuntive mood.
My question is how can we make sure that this is of subjuntive mood?

I just thought the author wants to say something like this:
If I was not in Hong Kong, I would have traveled to US.

"IF" is showing the subjunctive mood.

If I was not in Hong Kong, I would have traveled to US. is WRONG
If I were not in Hong Kong, I would have traveled to US. is CORRECT
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26 Jul 2008, 23:55
Ans is D.

This is an example of subjunctive form 'were' which is used in statements that expresses a 'wish' or 'contrary to fact'.
Here "if adolescence were not so painful" (means it is painful ....... and the sentence is going to expresses an idea which is contrary to the exisiting fact )
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27 Jul 2008, 00:05
thanks all.

one more question.

If we are describing something in the past in the "if" clause, can it be a non-subjuntive mood?

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