Element FORM/USE: 'IF IT WERE NOT FOR', FORMAL
SuperCat CLAUSES
SubCat conditional
Lexical Range N/A
Level C2
Cando Can use 'If it weren't / were not for' + noun phrase to introduce conditions in formal contexts. ► past simple
Corrected Learner Example If it weren't for that boy, I am definitely certain that I would have failed the examinations and I would have ended up taking the class again the following year. (Greece; C2 MASTERY; 2009; Greek; Pass)

If it weren't for his determination, he would have resigned when he first heard "no". (Brazil; C2 MASTERY; 1993; Portuguese; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example
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