I would first like to state that I'm looking to hear from someone who does not use "was' subjunctively, as speakers from some countries do.
This room would be a great place for studying if it were quiet.
This room would be a great place for studying if it was quiet.
Is it possible for the second sentence to be correct? I know there are numerous posts on the internet and on both ELU and ELL SE on "was" vs. "were," but even having referred to them I can't figure this one out. The subjunctive mood is clearly used in the first sentence and would seem to be a remark made by someone who is in a noisy room and imagining it quiet, all the while conscious that it is not and will not be quiet (at least for a long time). The second sentence, when made by someone in a noisy room, seems to indicate belief or faith in the possibility of the room becoming quiet—at least that's how it seems to me. Can anyone share their two-cents on this? Is my analysis correct?