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    Default I would if I would

    Hi all, glad I found this forum!
    A quick question, is it correct to say, for instance, "I would be surprised if I would be able to do it"? In other words, can I use "would" both before, and after "if"?
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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Quote Originally Posted by Vixie View Post
    Hi all, glad I found this forum!
    A quick question, is it correct to say, for instance, "I would be surprised if I would be able to do it"? In other words, can I use "would" both before, and after "if"?
    Thank you!
    Usually not. This is a second conditional. The usual form would be: I would be surprised If I were able to to do it.

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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Or "I would be surprised if I could do it".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Or "I would be surprised if I could do it".
    Yes!

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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Would it be grammatically wrong to use 'was' instead of 'were'?

    I would be surprised if I was able to do it.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Would it be grammatically wrong to use 'was' instead of 'were'?

    I would be surprised if I was able to do it.

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    That depends on how you feel about the subjunctive mood. By strict grammar rules, "was" would not be correct. But many these days pretty much ignore the subjunctive.

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    Default Re: I would if I would

    Thank you very much!

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