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There could be a big surprise if one of these schemes were to be given major backing.

There could be a big surprise if one of these schemes was to be given major backing.

Are sentences above grammatical? And if so, is "were" a subjunctive one in There could be a big surprise if one of these schemes were to be given major backing?

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tkacka15Are sentences above grammatical?

Yes, but the version with 'were' is the recommended one in grammar books.

tkacka15is "were" a subjunctive

Yes, in traditional terminology. More recently the term 'irrealis' has been used for 'were' in that context.


Note that 'were to' is an alternate form for the if-clause of a second conditional.

If they met my cousin Jethro, they would like him. ~
If they were to meet my cousin Jethro, they would like him.

There could be a surprise if the scheme were given backing. ~
There could be a surprise if the scheme were to be given backing.

CJ

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