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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear friends,

    Would you please tell me whether I need the word 'have' in the following sentence? Will it's meaning be different when we leave or do not leave out 'have'? Thank you!

    'I guess I'll have to learn to like frogs if I've ever decided to visit there (somewhere with lots of frogs).'

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I think that Teacher Rover has given us some great insight.

    (2) Compare:

    (a) If you do that again, I will hit you. = I suspect that you

    may try doing that again.

    (b) If you ever do that again, I will teach you a lesson that

    you will never forget for the rest of your life!!! = I am warning

    you: Don't even think about doing that again.

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    If I say 'if I ever have enough time, I write to my parents every week', will there be any diference in meaning?
    The writer is suggesting that it is unusual for him/her to have enough time.
    Thank you, all my teachers here. One more question:

    If I say 'if you're ever in Seattle, come and see me', does it implies that I don't think you will be in Seattle someday? (but I think it's a little strange, why bother asking?)

    If I say 'if you ever do that again...', implying that I don't think you dare do that again?

    Thank you!

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