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    Exclamation conditional sentence!!!

    Hello everybody,
    Would you please tell me which one is the correct answer?
    What would you rather do if you_______ money?( have , had , had had ).

    I would say it`s (had).but I have no explanation why it can`t be (have).
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    Re: conditional sentence!!!

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    Well, had is right and have is wrong in all normal utterances. I suppose that it is because would rather expresses hypothetical preference, thereby utilizing the second conditional.
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    Exclamation Re: conditional sentence!!!

    Well thanks,
    So you are saying that (have) it is totally wrong to be used here.Am I right?
    I gave the answer to my friend,and he told me:are you sure (would rather)in conditional sentences is like (would) and it doesn`t refer to future as well as present? In that case (have) would be right too,and I was confused again.


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    Re: conditional sentence!!!

    Hi everybody,

    I'm a new comer in the forum and I want to share my ideas here.So, I can give my humble opinion in the question. It must be type I, because would rather present situation not the past. Thus, the anwser is type 1

    Ümit, the instructor from Turkiye

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    Re: conditional sentence!!!

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    Conditional II does not depend upon the time frame, but upon likelihood--

    Conditional I: If I see you, I will beat you. (present or future possible)
    Conditional II: If I saw you, I would beat you. (present hypothetical)
    Conditional III: If I had seen you, I would have beaten you. (past hypothetical)

    But back to the original question. Would rather is indeed listed as a 'hypothetical verb' by Quirk. et al, along with wish. These verbs are among those which still utilize a past form (indicative) or the subjunctive:

    I wish I were dead. (Not I wish I am dead.)
    What would you wish for if you had money?
    (Not if you have money)
    I would rather he sit somewhere else.


    Compare these with: What will you do if you have money?

    Or perhaps it's just a case of a false paradigm now ingrained in the language:

    What would you do if you had money?
    What would you eat if you had money?
    What would you rather (do) if you had money?


    In any case, have seems odd to me.
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    Re: conditional sentence!!!

    correct answer is "have".
    You could have asked the same question like this:
    "If you have money what would you rather do?

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