If I were to be going to...

moodywop

Banned
Italian - Italy
At IE an Italian forero asked about the use of if I were to... followed by be going to, as seen in this quote:

If I were to be going to pick just one person here for intelligence, it would be a no contest, hands down winner in Peralko

I ventured a guess that it is an unnecessary convoluted construction but I'm not a native speaker. Wouldn't the following sound more natural?

If I had to pick...
 
  • moodywop said:
    At IE an Italian forero asked about the use of if I were to... followed by be going to, as seen in this quote:

    If I were to be going to pick just one person here for intelligence, it would be a no contest, hands down winner in Peralko

    I ventured a guess that it is an unnecessary convoluted construction but I'm not a native speaker. Wouldn't the following sound more natural?

    If I had to pick...



    Hello Carlo,


    Yes, "If I had to pick" sounds far more natural.

    In your quoted "convoluted construction" it would be better to say, "If I were going to pick . . . . . . "


    Regards,

    LRV
     

    GenJen54

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    I agree with Her Majesty, but would also offer: If I were to pick...

    If I had to pick, at least to my ears, suggests there is some obligation involved.

    If I were to pick
    If I were going to pick
    are more synonymous to me.
     
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