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    Which one of the underlined tense is acceptable?


    "I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places while I stayed/stay there if I had enough time and money."

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Which one of the underlined tense is acceptable?


    "I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places while I stayed/stay there if I had enough time and money."
    while staying there


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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Which one of the underlined tense is acceptable?


    You can say 'while staying there', 'while I stay there' or 'while I'm there', but you don't need those words. They don't add anything useful.


    I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places (there) if I had enough time and money.
    Last edited by 2006; 18-Apr-2010 at 04:31.

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    True... if you don't stay there, where else do you stay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    True... if you don't stay there, where else do you stay?
    I think, additional information about place and duration of stay is necessary. You dcould say;

    If I had enough time and money, I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places during my stay there/while I am there.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 18-Apr-2010 at 07:48.

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I agree, additional information about place and duration of stay is necessary. You dcould say;

    If I had enough time and money, I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places during my stay there/while I am there.
    I don't think you understood tedtmc's last post. tedtmc is saying that you don't need a phrase like 'during my stay there'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I don't think you understood tedtmc's last post. tedtmc is saying that you don't need a phrase like 'during my stay there'.
    Thank you for this clarification. His second part of the question struck me to think that if not there it could Paris or another nearby city unless you specify. So I stand corrected to this extent.

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    My question is concordance of tense but my sentence example was bad.

    I made another sentence example.

    "If he could come to Japan, I would meet him while he stayed/stays (=during his stay) in Tokyo."

    (He cannot come to Japan in fact)

    The above is a conditional sentence. My question is which one sounds OK, "stayed" or "stay."

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    My question is concordance of tense but my sentence example was bad.

    I made another sentence example.

    "If he could come to Japan, I would meet him while he stayed/stays (=during his stay) in Tokyo."

    (He cannot come to Japan in fact)

    The above is a conditional sentence. My question is which one sounds OK, "stayed" or "stay."
    "Stayed" is ok, but "during his stay" is better.

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    Default Re: Tense in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    My question is concordance of tense but my sentence example was bad.

    I made another sentence example.

    "If he could come to Japan, I would meet him while he stayed/stays (=during his stay) in Tokyo."

    (He cannot come to Japan in fact)

    The above is a conditional sentence. My question is which one sounds OK, "stayed" or "stay."
    It seems your early interlocutors have put off the hard question.
    I agree with bhai that "stayed" is correct here. Naturally you can use this as a template for similar sentences unrelated to staying anywhere - ie. you can use the past tense form.
    I promised my sister that I would mind her baby while he ate.

    However, I'm not sure that 'stays' and 'eats' is incorrect. Others might prefer it.

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