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    Hi,

    1."If you wanted my advice, I would think twice about buying a car like this."
    2."If you want my advice, I will think twice about buying a car like this."

    I think "If you wanted my advice" has the same meaning as "If I were you" so maybe the first sentence is correct.
    I also would like you to give me your opinions about the second one.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,

    1."If you wanted my advice, I would think twice about buying a car like this."
    2."If you want my advice, I will think twice about buying a car like this."

    I think "If you wanted my advice" has the same meaning as "If I were you" so maybe the first sentence is correct.
    I also would like you to give me your opinions about the second one.
    Thanks.
    Neither is correct. You want:
    "If you want my advice, I would think twice about buying a car like this."

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    Hi, Raymott.
    Could you please explain why the sentence must be like that?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi, Raymott.
    Could you please explain why the sentence must be like that?
    Thanks.
    I'd say:

    If you want my advice, think twice before buying a car like this. which is stronger and more suggestive than
    If you wanted my advice, (I should) think twice before buying a car like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi, Raymott.
    Could you please explain why the sentence must be like that?
    Thanks.
    Firstly, you can't say "I will think twice about ...". It's a conditional sentence so, you say "would" in the second half.
    For the beginning of the sentence, "If you want my advice..." sounds better, because if this is spoken, we can assume that the person thinking about buying the car is listening. Between the first and second clause is an implied "If I were you".

    I can see why you are confused, because we often use the past tense in such sentences:
    "If you gave me a dollar, I would spend it". "If you give me a dollar, I will spend it".
    But this is a little different.
    "If you want my advice... " is similar to "If you ask me...", "If you want my opinion...", "If you're asking for my advice..." All these use the present tense.
    "If you want my advice, [if I were you] I would think twice ..."

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    Default Re: my advice

    Thank you, Raymott, very much.
    I am glad that you understand why I confused and explained it very clearly.
    Thanks a lot.

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