OK, I'm editing a document & getting tied up with if something 'was to' happen, eg. quite a lot of discussion along the lines of... "...if there was no [cost] ceiling in place and an operator was to make an insurance claim..."
OK, so a)operator is singular, and b) we're talking about something that might happen, not that did (as in was, in the past).
So my question is, do I have to pull out every 'was' & change it to a 'were to' or 'were to be'? Is awfully clumsy.
I don't really mind either - the subjunctive survives pretty rarely these days, and isn't crucial for communication. On balance I do prefer "were", but as a direct replacement for was in all your examples, not with the "to be" added.