If you will be a superhero, what will be your superpower?

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HSS

Senior Member
Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
[1] If you will be a superhero, what will be your superpower?
What is the difference from

[2] If you are a superhero, what is your superpower?
or
[3] If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower?
?

I know the difference between [2] and [3], but what is the difference of [1] from [2] or [3]?

Thanks.

Hiro
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    A: "I'm going to the costume party next week as a superhero"
    B: "If you will be a superhero, what will your superpower be?"

    This is the only context I can even imagine this sentence being said in. It is so far from idiomatic that I can't imagine a native English-speaker ever saying it. We would normally say "If you're going to be a superhero, what will your superpower be?"

    Comparing 1 to 2 and 3 isn't possible.

    Note that I've changed the word order from "what will be your superpower?" to "what will your superpower be?"
     

    winklepicker

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    [1] If you will be a superhero, what will be your superpower? :cross:
    What is the difference from
    [2] If you are a superhero, what is your superpower?:cross:
    or
    [3] If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower?:tick:
    ?

    I know the difference between [2] and [3], but what is the difference of [1] from [2] or [3]?

    Thanks.

    Hiro
    Will is used for a definite future. I will go to the shops = definite intent. If you were to go to the shops, would you take the car? is a theoretical question.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    winklepicker said:
    [2] If you are a superhero, what is your superpower?:cross:
    panj: I am a superhero.
    Bill: I don't believe you.
    panj: I am a superhero, honest. Look, I'm wearing my clothes inside out!
    Bill: I still don't believe you. If you are a superhero, what is your superpower?
     

    winklepicker

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    panj: I am a superhero.
    Bill: I don't believe you.
    panj: I am a superhero, honest. Look, I'm wearing my clothes inside out!
    Bill: I still don't believe you. If you are a superhero, what is your superpower?
    Dang. Must you be so right all the time?

    :D


    It's a disgrrrrace! It ought NOT to be allowed!
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Yup, I have to be extra careful. Looking at something like that on line, I somewhat forced out some of my earlier examples to ask for your enlightment in an attempt to expand my repository of constructs.
     
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