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    Hello dear,

    Could you please check whether my sentence is okay or not?

    If you were the person who will solve that problem, how would you feel?

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    If you were the person who would solve that problem, how would you feel?

    I know the sentence is nothing ,but I want to ask about grammatically.Will or would?.Because there is a relation between were and would (type-2).

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    Default Re: relative clauses

    I think that the natural utterance would be: If you were the person who solved that problem, how would you feel?

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    Default Re: relative clauses

    But If we talk about a situation which will be in future, can we use 'will' in this case?

    Thank you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello dear,

    Could you please check whether my sentence is okay or not?

    If you were the person who will solve that problem, how would you feel?

    or


    If you were the person who would solve that problem, how would you feel?

    I know the sentence is nothing ,but I want to ask about grammar / structure.Will or would? Because there is a relation between were and would (type-2).
    To the best of my knowledge, "will" can't be correct here.
    I agree with 5jj in the best form providem by him. And I think the following is also possible:
    If you were the person who could solve that problem, how would you feel?
    If you were the person who would solve that problem, how would you feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    But If we talk about a situation which will be in future, can we use 'will' in this case?

    Thank you...
    No.

    I think you could use a type one with the same hypothetical future meaning.

    If you're the person who solves that problem, how will you feel?

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    I understood ,but last question about that:

    -If you were the person who will come here tomorrow that problem, how would you feel?

    -If you were the person who would come here tomorrow that problem, how would you feel?

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    Default Re: relative clauses

    First, I think there's something wrong with your sentence. What do you mean by "that problem" at the end of the If clause.
    And keep in mind that the second type of conditional sentences is never used to talk about the past although we have simple past tense in the If clause.
    And I think the best form can be:
    If you were the person who would come here next day, how would you feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    -If you were the person who will come here tomorrow that problem, how would you feel?
    That is just about possible, but only if the words I have coloured red refer to a known future person.

    For example, if John Smith is the person who will come tomorrow, it is possible to ask:

    If you were John Smith, how would you feel?
    If you were the person who will come here tomorrow, how would you feel?


    However, even in the unlikely situation, we would be more likely to say:
    If you were the person who is coming tomorrow, how would you feel?
    -If you were the person who would come here tomorrow , how would you feel?
    I can come up with a context for that, but it is so unlikely that it is simpler to say that this sentence is not acceptable,

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    Default Re: relative clauses

    I wrote 'that problem' at those senteces by mistake..Thanks for answering. I just wanted to learn that whether we can use 'will or present cont.' with simple past which is used at if clauses.

    Thank you again.

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