This clip is from an episode of the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, which is a fascinating and very funny podcast in which the 4 presenters share interesting facts that they have discovered during the week.

For context, the speaker is describing a study carried out by a Japanese bank, exploring the impact that the weather can have on employee effectiveness. The theory is that good weather has a negative impact as it is more likely to distract you from your work. Do you agree?

, $ .
The great if it's a when it's , $ is what have made if it raining.
The is so great if it's a sunny day when it's rainy, that $ is what they have made if it was raining.

…if it was continuously raining

If you have studied conditionals, then you might remember that technically we are supposed to use ‘were’ instead of ‘was’ when we are talking about the hypothetical present, e.g. If I were you, I would look for a new job.

In reality, it is very common for native speakers to ignore this rule and use ‘was’ in second conditional structures. Don’t be surprised or confused if you hear it – just remember that the rules of spoken English are always much more flexible and complex than the rules of written English.

However, for students I always advise following the strict rule (and use ‘were’) just to be safe.

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