If I were he, I would [resign /have resigned]

ayed

Senior Member
Arabic(Saudi)
Hello, folks.


I want to know the nuances between the two following sentences:

1.If I were he, I would have resigned.
(implies that If I am that person then I no longer work now)

2.If I were he, I would resign.
(implies that if I am that person then I will resign from now on)



I hope I have interpreted them correctly.



My regards
 
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  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    Yes, you are correct.

    In sentence #1, the speaker imagines that if he were in that position, he would no longer be working, because he would have already resigned.

    In sentence #2, the speaker imagines that if he were still in that position, he would resign. He hasn't resigned yet.
     

    ayed

    Senior Member
    Arabic(Saudi)
    Yes, you are correct.

    In sentence #1, the speaker imagines that if he were in that position, he would no longer be working, because he would have already resigned.

    In sentence #2, the speaker imagines that if he were still in that position, he would resign. He hasn't resigned yet.
    Thanks, Cagey, for confirmation.It took me time to be accsutomed to and acquire these nuances.
     
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