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My twelth grade English teacher market the following sentence wrong.

"If the script for the story Antigone were to be made into a modern-day film, it would likely be rated NC-17 for extreme gore and violence."

And changed the sentence to read:

"If the script for the story Antigone was to be made into a modern-day film, then it would likely be rated NC-17 for extreme gore and violence."

Is her first correction correct? And is adding 'then' really necessary?
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I disagree with your teacher on the were/was transformation, and on the necessity of "then."
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AnonymousMy twelth grade English teacher market the following sentence wrong.

"If the script for the story Antigone were to be made into a modern-day film, it would likely be rated NC-17 for extreme gore and violence."

And changed the sentence to read:

"If the script for the story Antigone was to be made into a modern-day film, then it would likely be rated NC-17 for extreme gore and violence."

Is her first correction correct? And is adding 'then' really necessary?
I agree with GG. The teacher obviously has no understanding of the subjunctive mood in English (here, used to express contrary to fact) and relies on non-standard uses of 'then'.
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