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    Which is the correct way of understanding these two sentences?

    Hi,
    Please have a look at these 2 sentences:

    1/ If I could speak Spanish, I would spend next year studying in Mexico
    2/ If I could speak Spanish, I would spend the next year studying in Mexico

    => There are two ways of understanding the sentences. Please tell me which is correct:

    First of all, this year is year 2008.

    * The first way of understanding the 2 sentences:
    1/ If I could speak Spanish, I would spend 2009 studying in Mexico
    2/ If I could speak Spanish, I would spend 2010 studying in Mexico

    * The second way of understanding the 2 sentences:
    1/ I'd spend 12 months FROM NEXT JANUARY in Mexico
    2/ I'd spend 12 months FROM NOW in Mexico

    (I choose the first way of understanding)
    Thank you very much
    N.

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    Re: Which is the correct way of understanding these two sentences?

    No,
    > If I could speak Spanish, I would spend the next year studying in Mexico
    means:
    > I'd spend 12 months FROM NOW in Mexico
    (generally, and within the context of the choices you've given).

    The next <X amount of time> means from now.
    "If I was Superman, I'd spend the next 24 hours just flying around". This means I wouldn't wait until tomorrow or the next day.
    (or "If I were Superman" if you live somewhere where they insist on the subjunctive form).

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