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    would and tense

    Hello,
    I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

    1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
    2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

    Thanks for your help

    PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out


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    Re: would and tense

    Hi,

    #2 is correct.

    Iza

    Quote Originally Posted by fab54
    Hello,
    I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

    1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
    2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

    Thanks for your help

    PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out


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    #3

    Re: would and tense

    Thaks

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    Of course, you could say:
    • I would like to have dinner with you tonight.


    :)

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    Re: would and tense

    Quote Originally Posted by fab54
    Hello,
    I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

    1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
    2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

    Thanks for your help

    PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out
    Sentence #2 fits the normal pattern for a second conditional. However, "would" has many uses other than the pure conditional use. As an expression of expectation or presumption, the use of "would" in sentence #1 with an "if" clause in the present tense is acceptable, IMO.

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