I need help.

Can I use 'were' here. The condition the speaker has is not an illness.

If it wasn't for the spiritual practice that initiated it I would be convinced that it were(?) a serious illness and that I would be hopelessly lost.

Thank you.

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    Yes, the use of were is correct here. Why would you think it is incorrect? The condition of the speaker has hardly got anything to do with it IMO. – satnam Mar 29 '19 at 20:43
  • MS Word 2016 underlined in red, hence I wasn't sure whether 'is' would be the more appropriate option. – johann_ka Mar 29 '19 at 20:49
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    @satnam - I disagree. If anything it is the other way around, e.g. "If it weren't for ... I would be convinced that it was serious ..." In other words I agree with MS Word and James K. – chasly from UK Mar 29 '19 at 22:30

The subjective could be put in the conditional clause

If it weren't for the spiritual practice...

But the conclusion should have indicative, and perhaps the past tense:

...I would be convinced that it was a serious illness...

A comma to separate the clauses would help readers.

However, the subjunctive is not required in modern English.

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