Element FORM/USE: INVERTED 'WERE' + 'TO' INFINITIVE, FORMAL
SuperCat CLAUSES
SubCat conditional
Lexical Range N/A
Level C2
Cando Can use 'were' with an inverted subject + 'to' infinitive, to introduce conditions in formal contexts. ► past simple
Corrected Learner Example Were I to win this travel scholarship, the country of my choice would be Japan. (Switzerland; C2 MASTERY; 2001; German; Pass)

Were you to compare people's views on animals to their views on food, you would find many similarities. (Sweden; C2 MASTERY; 1998; Swedish; Pass)

Were someone to decide that he did not want to go to university, he would have to face the consequences of his choice. (Greece; C2 MASTERY; 2009; Greek; Pass)

Were this suggestion to be put into practice, our town's personality would change completely from a small town to a port of call for a large number of visitors. (Greece; C2 MASTERY; 2003; Greek; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example
Comments Note this is instead of 'If' + pronoun + 'were to' infinitive, so it involves ellipsis and inversion.

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