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    Question sentences aftter second conditional

    Dear Teachers,

    We all know we should use "if + past tense , ~~ would~~" to form a second conditional sentence. However, I don’t know if I should always put past tense or “would” in the following sentences that are related to the hypothetical situation.
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    If I were the president, I would cut down the amount of tax. I always think tax is quite high in my country, so I (will/ would) definitely do it. In addition, as long as I (am/ were) the president, I (will/ would) treat education as my first priority.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: sentences aftter second conditional

    You're not president, so it's all hypothetical, so keep it in the second conditional.

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    Default Re: sentences aftter second conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You're not president, so it's all hypothetical, so keep it in the second conditional.
    Thank you, toal.

    I just try to make sure the meaning in your speech.

    Do you mean...

    If I were the president, I would cut down the amount of tax. I always think tax is quite high in my country, so I would definitely do it. In addition, as long as I were the president, I would treat education as my first priority.

    Right?

    With regards

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    Default Re: sentences aftter second conditional

    Right.

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