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    it would cause disaster!

    Which one is correct?

    I fixed the problem, or it would cause disaster.
    I fixed the problem, or it would have caused disaster.

    tnx

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Which one is correct?

    I fixed the problem, or it would cause disaster.
    I fixed the problem, or it would have caused disaster.

    tnx
    Which sentence do you think is correct?

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    I think the second one is correct, but I dont know why the first one is wrong!

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    Neither is correct.
    "I fixed the problem" so "It can't cause any disaster".
    Your sentence should be "I will fix the problem or it will cause disaster".
    Thanks

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    I got the impression that the problem had already been fixed:

    I fixed the problem so that it wouldn't cause a disaster.
    I fixed the problem so it didn't cause a disaster.

    In both the sentences, "so" could be taken to mean "in order that" (that's the reason I fixed the problem) or "and as a consequence" (the result of my fixing the problem was that disaster was averted).

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    crazYgeeK can be forgiven for assuming the fix had not been done - the OP's use of 'or' was misleading. But a lot of native speakers do the same.

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    I'm sorry but I don't understand what BobK said well, can any one please explain more for me ?
    Am I wrong with my sentence?
    Can any one correct it ?
    Thank you very much !

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    Your sentence is grammatical, but it doesn't mean what the OP was trying to say.

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I'm sorry but I don't understand what BobK said well, can any one please explain more for me ?
    Am I wrong with my sentence?
    Can any one correct it ?
    Thank you very much !
    The OP's sentence clearly started with the past tense, showing that he had already fixed the problem. You then changed the whole thing to the future tense, completely changing the meaning.

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    Re: it would cause disaster!

    I only want to keep the structure like "clause 1 or clause 2" that our Nathan gave us. All of you has changed that structure although that change is the best way to express exactly the meaning.
    Can I write "I fixed the problem or it would cause a disaster" ?
    Please correct the Nathan's sentence without changing its structure ( using "or").
    Sorry for the inconvenience.
    Thank you very much !
    Last edited by crazYgeeK; 01-Aug-2010 at 19:02.

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