Catherine: If I lost
my job, I would be
in serious trouble. (referring to a possible future
Catherine said that if she lost
her job, she would be
in serious trouble. (the reported words are true; she might still lose her job)
Catherine said that if she had lost
her job, she would have been
in serious trouble. (the reported words are out-of-date; it's not possible that she will lose her job)
Paul: If I knew
the answer, I'd tell
you. (referring to an unreal present
Paul said that if he knew
the answer, he'd tell
I have problem understanding or comparing the red part with the blue part.
The structures are same. Is there any clue to recognize if it refers to future or present?
Number 1 has used "lost
" and number 2 has used "knew
Number 1 has used "would
" and number 2 has used "would
How or from what aspect number 2 refers to present but number 1 refers to future?
Is there any clue to tell us which one refers to future and which one refers to present?
I see no difference between 1 and 2.
I mean the structures of number 1 and 2 are same.
Then why 1 refers to future but 2 refers to present?
How should we detect if it refers to present or future?
Both 1 and 2 have same structures then why 1 refers to future and 2 refers to present?