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    if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    "If you studied good in the last semester, you are going to understand everything the professor will be talking about." OK?
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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    "If you studied well..." Yes. Although I don't think "well" is the most common adverb to describe the quality of studying. Native speakers will hopefully tell us.

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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    "If you studied well..." Yes. Although I don't think "well" is the most common adverb to describe the quality of studying. Native speakers will hopefully tell us.
    Don't we say "He speaks good English"? "If we talk about a fututre result that is dependant on something that happened in the past, can I use the past progressive in the same context ?

    "If you were warking hard in the last semester, you are going to understand everything the professor will be talking about."
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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    "Good" in "good English" modifies "English". It's an adjective modifying a noun. "Well" in "studied well" modifies "studied". It's an adverb modifying a verb.

    As for the past progressive question, you seem to be asking an infinite number of questions regarding English tenses without trying to apply logic first. You certainly know what difference there is between progressive and simple tenses. What is your opinion on this?

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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    "Good" in "good English" modifies "English". It's an adjective modifying a noun. "Well" in "studied well" modifies "studied". It's an adverb modifying a verb.

    As for the past progressive question, you seem to be asking an infinite number of questions regarding English tenses without trying to apply logic first. You certainly know what difference there is between progressive and simple tenses. What is your opinion on this?
    The reason I was asking is that grammar text-books say that in such future conditionals the verb in the if clause can be either in the past simple or present perfect. None of my grammar text-books gives an example with the past progressive in the if clause. Possible?

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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    A grammar book won't give you examples for everything. Take a look at the following dialogue.

    "I was running today."
    "If you were running, then you're certainly tired."

    I don't know if it's possible in your example. If you can come up with a good context, then it's possible. If there's no such context, it's impossible.

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    Re: if clause pst siple dependant clause future

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I don't know if it's possible in your example. If you can come up with a good context, then it's possible. If there's no such context, it's impossible.
    "If you were working hard (rather than just pretending, which is what I suspect) in the last semester (on those occasions I saw you with your head in a book), you are going to understand everything the professor will be talking about (in his lecture next week)."

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