do you think it would be better if I DON’T go to Venice?

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nkaper

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Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
https://www.planetebook.com/ebooks/Lady-Chatterlys-Lover.pdf
p.332

’Tell me then,’ she said flatly; ‘do you think it would be better if I DON’T go to Venice?’

Is this correct English? I don't remember such a mix (if....don't ..., ... would...) touched in grammar books.
According to grammar I thought there must be either 'if ... .didn't ..., .. would...' or 'if ... don't .., ... will ....' contruction.
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I would consider it to be correct English - English as it is actually used by native speakers is far more varied than what you find in grammar books (which native speakers aren’t taught, incidentally).
    Whilst “didn’t” would be perfectly acceptable, nearly all native speakers would also accept “don’t” here.
     
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