If the lid were ... that it _____


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I'm writing short answer for a high school chemistry class, and I've come across a situation where I don't know what to do, regarding the subjunctive mood.

" If the lid were placed back onto the bottle tightly enough that it were airtight ..."

Is that second "were" correct? I wrote it and believe it to be right, but it sounds awkward to me.
  • cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    If the bottle were made airtight by placing the lid on it... the resulting explosion would destroy the high school chemistry lab, and we could all go home early.