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    flytothesky is offline Member
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    Smile If I have a car I will drive you back.

    Hello, I had a big argument with my friend because of this sentence.
    She says we can't use "If ... have ... will " in this context.
    must use "If.. had... would..."
    I think both of them are all same.. Would you please help me?
    Which one is more natural?





    A: I had a nice time, I had better get going.
    B: ⓐIm so sorry. If I had a car I would drive you back.
    ⓑIm so sorry. If I have a car I will drive you back.
    ( means, I dont have a car so I cant drive you)
    A: No worries, Ive already called taxi.

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    A: I really miss her.
    ⓐIf I had a car I could drive there and see her now.
    ⓑIf I have a car I can drive there and see her now.
    (means, I dont have a car so I cant)

    B: If you miss here like that much, then why dont you take a flight? Its even quicker.
    A: Pleas dont hit my sore spot.
    If I had money, I would do that.
    If I have money, I will do that.

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    Default Re: If I have a car I will drive you back.

    Dear Fly:

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello, I had a big argument with my friend because of this sentence.
    She says we can't use "If ... have ... will " in this context.
    must use "If.. had... would..."
    I think both of them are all same.. Would you please help me?
    Which one is more natural?
    They are both natural sounding, but they mean different things:

    A: I had a nice time, I had better get going.
    B: ⓐIm so sorry. If I had a car I would drive you back. (This is the right sentence for this context.
    ⓑIm so sorry. If I have a car I will drive you back. (This only works if you are talking about the future: Your friend is coming to visit next month. You have ordered a car from the dealer, but you don't know when it will be shipped to your town. Your friend says she will be able to stay until the end of January, then she will have to return home. You say, 'If I have a car (by that date), I will drive you home.'
    ( means, I dont have a car so I cant drive you)no ={
    A: No worries, Ive already called taxi.

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    A: I really miss her.
    ⓐIf I had a car I could drive there and see her now. Yes, this is the correct sentence.
    ⓑIf I have a car I can drive there and see her now. No, the word 'now' makes this sentence impossible. If I have a car means 'If, at that time in the future, I have a car, I will be able to drive there (then).
    (means, I dont have a car so I cant)no ={

    B: If you miss here like that much, then why dont you take a flight? Its even quicker.
    A: Please dont hit my sore spot.
    If I had money, I would do that. Yes.
    If I have money, I will do that. Again, this won't work for what you are trying to say. Your sentence means 'If (at some specific time in the future) I have money, I will do that.
    'If I have money' is a reference to something in the future. It can be the immediate future: If I put my hand in my pocket and find some money, I will (reference to the future) buy lunch.
    or the far-away future:
    If I live to be a hundred, I will probably not be as good a tennis player as I am today.
    I hope you didn't bet any money on this!

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Default Re: If I have a car I will drive you back.

    Ok my friend. Your girlfriend is correct.

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    Talking Re: If I have a car I will drive you back.

    Dear Petra

    Oh~~~ Thanks a lot a lot for your detail explain.
    It was really helpful ~~

    I think I almost got there!
    Would you please help me one more "IF" here?

    A: I heard that you had a big fight with you girlfriend.
    B: Yeah, we haven't spoken for 2 weeks now.
    A: ⓐIf you send her some flowers she will release anger.
    If you sent her some flowers she would release anger.
    (means, I'm not sure but I think it would work if you do it)
    B: I tried it already, but didn't work. She really got mad at me.


    Thanks again~

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    Default Re: If I have a car I will drive you back.

    Dear Sky:
    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Dear Petra

    Oh~~~ Thanks a lot a lot for your detail explain.
    It was really helpful ~~

    I think I almost got there!
    Would you please help me one more "IF" here?

    A: I heard that you had a big fight with you girlfriend.
    B: Yeah, we haven't spoken for 2 weeks now.
    A: If you send her some flowers she will release anger.
    If you sent her some flowers she would release anger.

    (means, I'm not sure but I think it would work if you do it)
    B: I tried it already, but didn't work. She really got mad at me.


    Thanks again~
    Both sentences are fine. They are both sentences you might hear one friend say to another.
    Release anger is not a common expression. You would be more likely to hear: she will/would/might forgive you; she will/would might speak to you again; Sending flowers might cool her anger.

    Happy New Year!

    Petra

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