Your example is a conditional sentence having two clauses; (1) The if clause (If I were you)and The main clause (I would have…). The clause introduced by “if” may contain either a past subjunctive verb (if I were going) or an indicative verb (if I was going), depending on the intended meaning...
Some schools of thought treat 'could' as a remote form of 'can' and not as as its past form. The remote form is explained in the following examples:
I couldn't do it. (remoteness of time)
It could happen. (remoteness of possibility)
Could you do me a favor? (remoteness of relationship)
I would like know the use of three modal verbs i.e. ought to, have to and must. Are they interchangable? For example: I must obay the advice of my parents.
Can I write: I ought to/have to obay the advice of my parents.
I am some times in a fix when to use could in stead can. For example:
I can buy a car next year.
I could buy a car next year.
Which one is appropriate and why?
Is there a good site where I can study the application of modal verbs in greater detail?
I was reading an article on the difference between written and spoken English. I have come across the following sentence - "Intonation contours, stress patterns, junctures (transition and boundary features) and tone of voice are absent in Written English." I am unable to understand the meaning...