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The villagers advised him to run uphill if he 'were' / was ever unfortunate enough to be chased by a bear. Which out of the two is correct? Was or were? The word 'if' makes the sentence a conditional clause ... but some people say that 'was' is correct.

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If I were ever unfortunate enough to be chased by a bear, I would explain to it that it was an impossible occurrence, so get lost, buddy!

If I was ever unfortunate enough to be chased by a bear, I would run like hell because it was a quite probable thing to be chased and eaten by a bear.

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  • A singular, uncountable noun in English must be preceded by a determiner. Aug 13 '17 at 0:40
  • That means, if the occurrence of something is possible , then we should use 'was' and if it isn' , then the word 'were' is correct. Am I right? If not, please help again!
    – Ayesha
    Aug 13 '17 at 7:25
  • @ P. E. Dant Sorry, there are no articles in Russian ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Aug 13 '17 at 7:31
  • @ Ayesha Apparently so, but I'm not a native speaker. Aug 13 '17 at 7:35

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