Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Conditional If

  1. #1
    translator146 is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Conditional If

    If such stage was completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer is to initial all pages of the USEFS.


    Is the above sentence grammatically correct with two different tenses? I have argued with my friend that the above sentence was wrong as the tenses used were different; "The if tense is in the past while the second part is in the present" and the sentence in this form would be awkward for English native speakers.
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Conditional If

    Welcome to the forum, translator146.

    Your original is possible, but I think what the writer means would be more naturally expressed as:

    If such stage has been completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer is to initial all pages of the USEFS.
    or:
    If such stage is completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer is to initial all pages of the USEFS.

    Referring to a past duty, it could be:

    If such stage was completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer was to initial all pages of the USEFS.

    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


  3. #3
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,548
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Conditional If

    Quote Originally Posted by translator146 View Post
    If such stage was completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer is to initial all pages of the USEFS.


    Is the above sentence grammatically correct with two different tenses? I have argued with my friend that the above sentence was wrong as the tenses used were different; "The if tense is in the past while the second part is in the present" and the sentence in this form would be awkward for English native speakers.
    Thanks!
    Yes, it's OK.
    "The if tense is in the past while the second part is in the present"
    If this were not possible, how could we say that something in the future will depend on something from the past.
    "If it rained last night, the roads will be slippery."
    "If you had done your homework, you would know what I'm talking about."


Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] 3rd conditional or 2nd conditional
    By barnej0096 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Sep-2012, 22:49
  2. [Grammar] Conditional
    By Will17 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2011, 10:11
  3. The Second Conditional
    By joeoct in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2011, 09:17
  4. second conditional
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2008, 07:30
  5. Name the Conditional ....
    By kabuk126 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Jun-2006, 08:24

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •