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    would be playing - gerund

    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round by now.

    I think here `playing' is gerund and this sentence is first conditional statement.

    Am I right?

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round by now.

    I think here `playing' is gerund and this sentence is first conditional statement.

    Am I right?
    Gerund and present participle share the same form, that is, verb+ing. The main difference between gerund and present participle is

    Gerund functions as a noun, whereas present participle functions either as part of verb or as an adjective. So:

    In "Reading should be done in the room", Reading is a gerund used as
    subject;
    In "I like reading", reading is a gerund used as object;
    In "I look forward to reading your book", reading is a gerund used as object to the preposition "to"; but
    In "I am reading your book", reading is a present participle used as part of predicate;
    In "He stays in the room, reading his book", reading is a present participle;

    In short, gerund acts more like a noun, whereas present participle acts more like a verb or adjective. So:

    In "a sleeping man", sleeping is a present participle, as the action of sleeping is from the man, that is, the man is sleeping; but
    In "Sleeping car", sleeping is a gerund, as the action of sleeping is not from the car, that is, the car is not sleeping, but the people in the car sleeping.
    So in your sentence, "playing" is a present participle.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Thank you Ian.
    Could you tell me which forms of conditional statement is it?
    first conditional or second or third?

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Ian.
    Could you tell me which forms of conditional statement is it?
    first conditional or second or third?
    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, AS I DON'T USE THE TERMS.
    yOU MAY WANT TO POST THE QUESTION AGAIN TO SEE IF SOMEONE CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION.

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round by now.

    I think here `playing' is gerund and this sentence is first conditional statement.

    Am I right?
    Hi

    It`s a mixed type conditional clause:

    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round now[ by is not necessary here]- mixed type : III + II

    If you add "by" , the meaning of the sentence canges : If I played better in the second round, I would have been playing better by now - 3rd type if clause

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    It`s a mixed type conditional clause:

    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round now[ by is not necessary here]- mixed type : III + II

    If you add "by" , the meaning of the sentence canges : If I played better in the second round, I would have been playing better by now - 3rd type if clause
    Thank you.
    I think,
    In this sentence (
    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round now.)
    The word `playing' must be gerund. Otherwise, it wouldn't satisfy the mixed conditional rules. Because I have learned that mixed conditionals may be (either -- combination of second and third or third and second).
    But in the above sentence, the world `playing' appears odd because no other conditionals have this form.
    Could you help me on this?

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    Re: would be playing - gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you.
    I think,
    In this sentence (
    If I had played better in the second round, I would be playing in the third round now.)
    The word `playing' must be gerund. Otherwise, it wouldn't satisfy the mixed conditional rules. Because I have learned that mixed conditionals may be (either -- combination of second and third or third and second).
    But in the above sentence, the world `playing' appears odd because no other conditionals have this form.
    Could you help me on this?
    Hi

    Would be playing - future in the past continuous tense

    This tense is used in
    1. conditional sentences {type II and mixed conditionals}
    e.g. I I had studied a little harder in college I wouldn`t be sweeping the streets now.
    If you gave her your phone number she`d be calling you days and nights.
    2. In Reported Speech and as a past equivalent of the future continuous tense
    e.g. "I`ll be talking to Mary soon," he said
    He said he would be talking to Marry soon.
    The bodyguards were afraid that the foreign reporters would be taking pictures from a close distance.

    "Playing" is a present participle.
    Here, "would be playing" expresses a present regret.

    If I had played better in the second round....... I would be playing now [ but I am not playing because the condition in the conditional clause was not fulfilled]

    Regards
    Last edited by Teia; 09-Apr-2007 at 17:29.

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