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Is the sentence below correct?
If he have the money, he will pay it.
Thanks in advance!
To tell you the truth, I quoted it from a book I'm reading.
So what about this - "If he [have] has the money, he will pay it."?
I am quite confused with Condional Verbs. Hope you can help me make them discussed in a simple explanation.
This is fine. It's an example of someone believing that this condition is possible. The speaker could be saying that the 'he' is an honest person, that upon the condition of his having money, he will pay "it", with "it" maybe being a bill or a debt owed.
Compare it to,
If he had the money, he would pay it.
Here the speaker could be saying that he doesn't have the money but upon the condition that he did have money then he would pay the bill/debt.
Let me look for some older threads where I've explained it or someone else has explained it.
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But don't waste too much time on these archaic aspects of English. Focus on the ones you're having trouble with.
Write some from your own, real life. That way you will understand the context and they will make more sense to you.
Example [Pretending I'm Ferdie]
My nickname is Ferdie. If it weren't Ferdie, it could be [____].
I live in [____]. If I didn't live here, I would want to live in [___].