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Strange use of “were” with uncountable nouns [duplicate]

In the sentence If aging were programmed, then... were is used instead of is or was or have been. Why?
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what if I + what, past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

what's the correct tense here: Is it "the past tense" or "the present tense"? "What if I miss the bus?" "What if I were late to dinner?" "What if I called her tomorrow?" "What if I don't understand?"
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“If this were the case…” [duplicate]

If this were the case, their pension increase could have been insufficient to raise their standard of living. When do we use "If this were the case..."? If there are multiple cases(reasons), then ...
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“wasn't” vs “weren't” [duplicate]

According to Google Search, "if it wasn't for you <verb>ing" and "if it weren't for you <verb>ing" are both used. What is the correct usage of wasn't or weren't in this case?
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“ … as if the dog were its mother” - why “were” and not “was”? [duplicate]

I passed a test and this question confuses me: The young chick, separated from its mother after hatching, followed the family dog around as if the dog were its mother I chose "was its mother" as ...
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I 'was' or I 'were'?

From other's conversation,I found out they mentioned I was and sometimes they also mentioned I were. Is there any rules for I was/were?
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Does “is” turn into “was” or “were” in indirect speech?

Not sure if "is" becomes "was" or "were" when passing from direct speech conditional to indirect speech. Direct speech: The plane can make tight turns if the wind is weak. Indirect speech: He ...
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If something was vs If something were

If I were an MLA, I would have helped people yesterday If I were an MLA, I would help people tomorrow If I was an MLA, I would have helped people yesterday If I was an MLA, I would help ...
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“But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received were true” - Is it a subjunctive?

Here is a quote from a book: But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received were true. Why is there were instead of was in the above sentence? The only answer that comes to my mind ...
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When to use ed at the end of the verb

Can somebody help me with below sentences. a) Suppose I changed/change my mind would this change the situation. b) Suppose I receive/received it on time i would revert you on time.
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Word usage. Grammaticality [duplicate]

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 ...