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    if you were

    I was talking to someone about the future:
    if you take these courses and you were creative you will get high grades.
    Is the sentence correct? is it correct to use "if you were" followed by "will " and not "would"


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    Re: if you were

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    I was talking to someone about the future:
    if you take these courses and you were creative you will get high grades.
    Is the sentence correct? is it correct to use "if you were" followed by "will " and not "would"
    this is really weird because you are using two different tenses in your main clause.

    it's better to say: "if you take these courses and (you) are creative, you will get high marks.
    remember you can only use would in an 'if'-clause, if your using the past simple in the main clause
    eg/ if I won the car, I would be very happy
    Last edited by meee; 29-Dec-2009 at 18:46.

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    Re: if you were

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    I was talking to someone about the future:
    if you take these courses and you were creative you will get high grades.
    Is the sentence correct? is it correct to use "if you were" followed by "will " and not "would"
    Like this it's ok gramatically: "If you took these courses, and were creative, you would get high grades".

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    Re: if you were

    The traditional grammar rules state the following:

    1st conditional
    : "If you take these courses and you are creative you will get high grades/marks."
    2nd conditional: "If you took these courses and you were creative you would get high grades/marks."
    3rd conditional: "If you had taken these courses and you had been creative you would have got/gotten high grades/marks."

    This is the traditional way, look up for "conditionals" in the internet; see for instance First, Second, and Third Conditional

    PS Not a native speaker

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