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    Default Broke / Break

    Let's say I'm selling a car.

    1. If it breaks, you would be hard pressed to find someone to fix it.
    2. If it broke, you would be hard pressed to find someone to fix it. ('broke' is not appropriate here right? I'm trying to sell the warranty. I don't want the conditonal to be imaginary? Is the mixed conditional #1 okay then?)

    If #1 is okay, do we look at it like this:
    3. If it breaks, you would be hard pressed to find someone to fix it if that happened. (Is the punctuation correct? The punctuation between 'breaks' and 'you' .)
    4. If it breaks, --you would be hard pressed to find someone to fix it if that happened. (Is this better?)

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Broke / Break

    1- should be 'will', IMO

    The imginary one, 2, would be better because you are trying to sell it, though it doesn't sound like a very convincing sentence for selling a car. 3 is unnecessary because it just repeats the idea carried by the past tense 'broke'.

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    Default Re: Broke / Break

    1- should be 'will', IMO
    1. If it breaks, you will be hard pressed to find someone to fix it. (What If I don't know if he will be hard pressed or not? Is 'would' better then even though that is not a standard conditional? Because if it breaks, he might not be hard pressed right? If I changed 'break' to 'broke', the sentence wouldn't sound too convincing in selling the warranty?)

    So what should I do? Keep with the standards, or use mixed conditional?

    Thanks.

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