I would hit anybody who <had> described me

Discussion in 'English Only' started by JJXR, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. JJXR Senior Member

    Russian
    Hello to all,

    Thanks for reading my post.


    Sample sentence:

    If I were a physically violent person, I would hit anybody who <had> described me as "provincial" just because I was born outside London. "Provincial "is a very loaded word when used of real, live people and is usually deeply offensive.

    Question:

    Is the sentence correct both with and without the bolded "had"? If so, does the describing precedes the hitting in either case?


    Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

    Regards,
    JJXR
     
  2. Chasint Senior Member

    English - England
    They are both correct but are past tenses of different sentences.

    A.
    I will hit anybody who has described me as "provincial" (present perfect)
    I would hit anybody who had described me as "provincial" (past perfect)

    B.
    I will hit anybody who describes me as "provincial" (present simple)
    I would hit anybody who described me as "provincial" (past simple)
     
  3. JJXR Senior Member

    Russian
    Thanks Chasint.
     

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