Supposition

ayed

Senior Member
Arabic(Saudi)
Hello, folks. How are doing?:)


The difference , please :
1.Suppose that you had tens of thousands of riyals, where would you have hidden them?
2.Suppose that you had tens of thousands of riyals, where would you hide them?







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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Sentence #1 is not grammatically correct. It should read "Suppose that you had had tens of thousands of ryals, where would you have hidden them?"

    The difference is that #1 is a hypothetical question about the past, while #2 is a hypothetical question about the present or future.
     

    Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I see nothing wrong at all with sentence 1. Florentia's argument seems to hinge on the idea that if you have hidden something it ceases to belong to you: this idea is clearly false.

    1. is wondering where the possible riyals may have been hidden; 2. is wondering what would be a likely hiding place for the possible riyals if one had to hide them.
     

    ayed

    Senior Member
    Arabic(Saudi)
    Thanks a lot Florentia52
    Special thanks for Thomas Tompion for clarification and confirmation

    Your answers were copied and pasted to my special dictionary
     
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