#121 - Were To - English Grammar

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Were To

"Were to" is used to describe that the conditional "if" clause is very unlikely to happen. Only "if" is used with "were to" conditionals because it is describing a hypothetical or imaginary situation. You cannot use "when" in these sentences.

Were to - Present

If + were to + simple presentWould + be

  • If I were to call my ex-boyfriend, I would regret it.
  • If she were to keep the money she found on the sidewalk, she would feel guilty.
  • If he were to be dishonest, I would be very shocked. He always tells the truth.

Were to - Past

If + were to have + past participleWould + have

  • If I were to have told everyone her secret, she would have ended our friendship.
  • If she were to have caused the accident, she would have never forgiven herself.
  • If he were to have ruined the wedding, the bride's father would have kicked him out.

Were to - Future

If + were to + simple presentWould + verb

  • If I were to lose my job in the next couple of years, I would have to sell my house.
  • If she were to fail the class this semester, she would have to take it again next year.
  • If he were to die tomorrow, he would have no regrets.

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