- For Teachers
"Imagine you would have to go to another country and learn German."
Now my english teacher corrected it to "you had to"
But, I'm talking about the future not the past.
is it: I read some books at the weekend.
I read some books this weekend.
Or is it just a personal preference? British english confuses the heck out of me. :P
Evidently a lot of Americans get that wrong, haha.
I've never been corrected on that (and that after 2 years of college).
edit: Say what? ... "I'm moving house" is confusing! :P
The past tense can distance a situation in:
A nurse walks into a room and...
A nurse walked into a room and ...
I wonder if you have a moment?
I wondered if you had a moment?
The children are here.
I wish the children were here.
Definition of You don't say! from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
I am moving a house. -- superman
I am moving house. -- shift location
Incidentally, Danman, I should have added to my last post that I was not saying that Corum was wrong. The so-called past tense can refer to the future, and frequently does in so-called 2nd conditional sentences such as:
It would be a miracle if he finished by next week.
I simply felt that the words "Past tense refers to future time," might be interpreted, incorrectly, by some readers as a general rule.