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    Exclamation in the future

    Hello there.

    Is this grammatically correct?

    If I wrote a letter to myself in the future, I would get it out.

    It should be "write"(not "wrote") if I use "in the future"?

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    Re: in the future

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Is this grammatically correct?

    If I wrote a letter to myself in the future, I would get it out.

    It should be "write"(not "wrote") if I use "in the future"?
    (Not a teacher)
    That's correct for "unreal present". Have you done that? No, but will do in the future.

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    Re: in the future

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Is this grammatically correct?

    If I wrote a letter to myself in the future, I would get it out.

    It should be "write"(not "wrote") if I use "in the future"?
    As albertino said, it is correct the way it is, because it assumes a hypothetical situation, a kind of SciFi. If you want to use "write" instead of "wrote" then you should say "will get it out".

    If I wrote a letter to myself in the future, I would get it out (now). -> 2nd conditional (improbable, probably the speaker did not write himself a letter in the future)
    If I write a letter to myself in the future, I will get it out. -> 1st conditional (open possibility, possible - the speaker is thinking about the possibility of going to the future and writing himself a letter to get it by now, he is willing to do that)
    If I had written a letter to myself in the future, I would have got (gotten) it out now. -> 3rd conditional (unreal, impossible, unfortunately the writer did not write a letter to himself when he was in the future, so he will not get it by now.
    There is a lot of information regarding conditionals in internet, take a look for instance at First, Second, and Third Conditional

    Observe that in all the situarions above, "the future" is treated like a past situation, if you were able to go to the future and come back, then somehow that "future" becomes past.

    By the way, let us know when your time machine is ready!


    PS Not a native speaker
    Last edited by Abstract Idea; 21-Dec-2009 at 23:07.

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