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What's the difference between "If I were to choose" & "If I had to choose" Do they have the same meaning? Thank you
Nov 11, 2018 2:13 PM
Answers · 4
"If I HAD to choose" suggests that you would choose if you were forced to choose between two things. "If I WERE to choose" suggests a bit more freedom on your part.
November 11, 2018
Jimmy is correct.
November 11, 2018
1 The sentence beginning "If I had to choose" will then go on to describe how I would behave if I were obliged to make this choice. 2 "If I were to choose" is the same as "If I chose", and will then go on to describe how I would behave if I made this choice. Note that 1 and 2 are identical, except 1 mentions an obligation, 2 does not. 2 does not imply that there is no obligation - in truth the obligation could actually be the same as in 1, it simply is not mentioned, i.e. the other answerers are wrong to suggest that 2 implies you have more freedom than 1.
November 11, 2018
have to.. = obligation If I were to.. = If it was up to me/my choice to.. :)
November 11, 2018
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