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Reply to "Why Use Subjunctive Were Here?"

zuotengdazuo posted:
But the narrator hadn’t yet heard anything that would happen between the pursuer and the woman, so how could he have known her being ill-used by the pursuer was unlikely?

A speaker does not have to know that a situation is unlikely in order to feel that it is unlikely. He may assume that it is unlikely or choose to represent it that way.

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