IF IT WERE NOT FOR

In the English Grammar Profile, C2 point 125 in CLAUSES/conditional is defined as

‘If it weren’t / were not for’ + noun phrase to introduce conditions in formal contexts. past simple

For example:

And none of us would be here if it weren’t for you.

iWeb doesn’t allow a search for **** to the right even on a premium licence.

1 IF IT WEREN’T FOR 9682
2 IF IT WERE NOT FOR 4645


A collocate search in THE MOVIE CORPUS:

1 N’T 865

2  FACT 19
3 MEDDLING 17
4  ALIVE 13

He‘d be alive if it weren’t for you.

Complicity

5 EXIST 6
6  MESS 6
7  FAULT 5


COCA does allow for long searches:

1 IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE FACT 18

  Richfield Reaper
Twilight
Trump would be a joke if it were not for the fact that he is a clear and present danger to himself,
 the nation and the world.

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