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    would/were

    I am wondering what is the difference between these two sentences:

    1. It would be useful if you read this book.
    2. It would be useful it you were to read this book. ( I am wondering if this is a correct English)

    3. If she would study at university, her self-confidence would become better. (could I have two "would" in this type of sentence?)
    4. If she were to study at university, her self-confidence would become better.

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    Re: would/were

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    1. It would be useful if you read this book.
    2. It would be useful it if you were to read this book. ( I am wondering if this is a correct English)

    The second is perhaps a little more formal.

    3. If she would study at university, her self-confidence would become better. (could I have two "would" in this type of sentence?) You can, but you are suggesting that 'she' needs to be willing/prepared to study. A more natural way of epressing this thought would be, "If she would only go to university, ...' or 'If only she would go to university, ...'
    4. If she were to study at university, her self-confidence would become better.
    '...her self confidence would improve' sounds more natural to me.

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