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I am not sure how a sentence I want to write should be written:

  1. I would choose the apple in the case where an unknown number of apples were to be stored in the box.

  2. I would choose the apple in the case where an unknown number of apples are to be stored in the box.

Should I write were or are, please?

I am new to this forum, so I apologise if this question has been asked before. Furthermore, I apologise if I have not correctly worded my question.

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First sentence is correct because it is Second Conditional with construction of if + were to + plain form + would + present infinitive such as in the sentence

If we were to answer that question, I don't know what we would say.

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