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Which is correct - were or was?

Which one is correct? Do I use were or was?

  1. Wouldn’t it be great if note taking were simple?

  2. Wouldn’t it be great if note taking was simple?


  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭


    • if it were FORMAL STYLE — especially written prose
    • if it was INFORMAL STYLE — especially conversational speech

    The expression Wouldn't it be great? is

    • SPOKEN — contrasted with WRITTEN Would it not?
    • CONVERSATIONAL — great contrasted with formal excellent
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