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    Conditional

    Scenario: I'm talking to someone on the phone. And she asks me for a ride.

    Are these correct? If not, why? Which one should I use? Or it doesn't matter?
    1. If you had called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Past action, present result?
    2. If you called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Imaginary?)

    Is #1 better suited for that scenario or #2?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Conditional

    If you had called me earlier, I would have driven you there.

    The mixed conditional doesn't work here for me.


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    Re: Conditional

    What about this?

    Scenario: This is happening right now. She is talking to me on the phone and she asks me if I can give her a ride.

    1. If you had told me earlier, I would drive you there. (Is this okay?)

    So is this okay then:
    2. If you had called me a couple minutes ago, I would give you a ride right now.
    Last edited by jack; 22-Mar-2005 at 06:38.

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    Re: Conditional

    Scenario: I'm talking to someone on the phone. And she asks me for a ride.

    Are these correct? If not, why? Which one should I use? Or it doesn't matter?
    1. If you had called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Past action, present result?
    2. If you called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Imaginary?)

    Is #1 better suited for that scenario or #2?

    Thanks.

    Hello, Jack,
    I think neither response seems appropriate in the given scenario, but I could be wrong. No.1 would work, if it were under a different situation. (e.g. you see her the next day, and tell her, 'if you had called me earlier, I could have given you a ride')

    Now, on second thoughts, no.2 could be correct also in your scenario, but I'm not too sure. 'If you called me earlier, I would be able to give you a ride, but unfortunately I can't do that right now, because I have other engagements...'

    Could anyone else comment on this? thanks

    neurobotanist
    Last edited by neurobotanist; 17-Jun-2005 at 15:06.

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If you had called me earlier, I would have driven you there.

    The mixed conditional doesn't work here for me.
    Hi,

    How about this?


    J - Can you give me a ride to the bus stop?

    K - Well, I'm on my out to an appointment, and if I pick you up and drive you to the bus stop, I'll be late.

    J - Okay, no problem. I'll just walk.

    1-K - I wish I could help you out. You know, if you had called me earlier, I'd be able to give you a ride to the bus stop, but I just don't have the time. In fact, I have to leave right now.

    or:

    2-K - I wish I could help you out. You know, if you called me earlier, I would be able to give you a ride to the bus stop, but I just don't have the time. In fact, I have to leave right now.

    J - Okay, - talk to you later.


    The next day:

    If you had called me earlier yesterday, I would've been able to give you a ride to the bus stop.

    - make sense you?

    I know I changed it around a bit, but it's basically the same.

    K says, essentially, the same thing that Jack's examples say. If forms are given context and changed around a bit, they can end up making sense. I do, however, understand why the examples in isolation didn't work for you. I thought the same at first, but then gave a bit more consideration.

    1. If you had called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Past action, present result?
    2. If you called me earlier, I would drive you there. (Imaginary?)




    And by the way, can you tell me how I can lose my addiction to the word "however"?

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