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    would you answer a question?

    what's the difference between 1 and 2?

    1, If I have time, I would help you.
    2, If I had time, I would help you.

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    Re: would you answer a question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    what's the difference between 1 and 2?
    1. If I have time, I would help you.
    2. If I had time, I would help you.
    First, sentence 1. is incorrect. You should replace 'would' with 'will', like this,

    If I have time, I will help you.

    Sentence 1. is an example of the 1st conditional:

    If + Present tense verb + will

    Second, sentence 1. refers to the Present. The speaker is saying that if s/he can find the time to help you, then s/he will definitely help you. Sentence 2. refers to the past. The speaker is saying that s/he has already decided that s/he doesn't have the time to help you, so s/he can't help you, but if she did
    (Past tense) have the time, then s/he would (Past tense) help you.

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