• Correct grammar would be: “If this were another county, we’d have to tell you that this coffee may be hot.”

  • Were it my quote, as opposed to the cup designers’, ‘twould have rendered the subjunctive correctly.

  • I guess it’s because the brains sit under the hat?

  • Likely it is because it is Canadian English rather than American. The subjunctive is just about extinct in Britain. I would expect that Canadian English, with its closer ties to Blighty, would exhibit at least sporadically, a lack of the subjunctive.


  • Nope. The grammar is correct. The American way would be, “were”. In Canada we use the correct form of grammar and spelling, so in this case, it is “was”.