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Han86

Banned
Arabic
Hello,

"If you go now you will be killed"
"If you go now you would be killed"
"If you went now you will be killed"
"If you went now you would be killed"

What is correct and what is not? including casual talk.

Thanks,
 
  • Avignonais

    Senior Member
    USA
    USA, Anglophone
    Hello,

    "If you go now you will be killed":tick:
    "If you go now you would be killed":cross:
    "If you went now you will be killed":cross:
    "If you went now you would be killed":tick:

    What is correct and what is not? including casual talk.

    Thanks,

    Both A and D are correct. There is a subtle difference between them -- but in ordinary use, I have seen them be used interchangeably. D is more hypothetical to my ears.
     

    brygg mellanrost

    Member
    GB, English
    Both A and D are correct. There is a subtle difference between them -- but in ordinary use, I have seen them be used interchangeably. D is more hypothetical to my ears.
    The rule is
    If + present + future/present - something definite
    So,
    If you eat that, you will die
    If you eat that, you are really stupid

    If + imperfect subjunctive + conditional - implying doubt that it would be actually carried out
    So,
    If I were to eat this, I would die >>OR>> If I ate this, I would die

    If + pluperfect + conditional perfect - something hypothetical
    So,
    If I had eaten that, I would have died

    Hope that helps!
     

    Avignonais

    Senior Member
    USA
    USA, Anglophone
    Excellent. Thanks, brygg_mellanrost. I was not aware of the rules, but now that you've mentioned them they validate completely my sense of the difference between the two sentences.
     
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