Assuming that I'm a person who uses irrealis subjunctive, and every part of the example situation is hypothetical, which of the following is more correct?

Option 1: If I were ever in a store where I was/wasn't satisfied...

Option 2: If I were ever in a store where I were/weren't satisfied...

The second option sounds awkward to me. Does the subjunctive mood not carry through to the second to be, even though it's part of an adverbial phrase linked to the counterfactual? What's going on there?

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    I do not believe it is idiomatic, in modern English, to continue the subjunctive into the adverbial phrase. At least it doesn't sound right to me. – WS2 Nov 9 '17 at 5:40
  • If I were ever in a store and were I not satisfied... – Jim Nov 9 '17 at 5:47
  • The first is fine; the second simply horrible. Why did you not ask that at English Language Learners, please? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 12 '17 at 22:37

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