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Would I use 'was' or 'were' here?

She laughed as though there was/were a chance he might have said anything else.

(I read about the difference between was and were, but I can't apply it to this sentence because it seems like both a past possibility and a hypothetical, like a past hypothetical. Could someone explain the answer to me please?)

marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers, user66974, Matt E. Эллен, user11550, Andrew Leach Jun 17 '14 at 22:38

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    I think this question has already been answered here english.stackexchange.com/questions/660/…; I'm marking it as a potential duplicate. – Matt Gutting Jun 17 '14 at 19:27
  • Er, that linked to thread is another old thread full of bad info. There are many more recent threads that are better. – F.E. Jun 17 '14 at 20:14
  • @F.E.: If you don't like the old answers, go and add a better one yourself (and definitely downvote anything you think is "bad info"). It's no justification for allowing a new duplicate covering the same ground. – FumbleFingers Jun 17 '14 at 20:20
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    @F.E.: Instead of complaining about bad previous answers to this hardy perennial, you could have cited the question you yourself answered (I assume you don't think that's a bad answer). Apart from anything else, it would have saved me the trouble of going to look for it - and I might have cited that instead of the one I did. – FumbleFingers Jun 17 '14 at 20:39
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    It's "were".... – Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 17 '14 at 21:39