Student or Learner
Shutter Island, a good film from a good novel.
What is reality?
Are we living in our dreams?
This film has made me think a lot about our real life.
What if someday we realized that all of our so-called "reality" was just not true, how could we face the world then?
I'd like to appreciate your replies.
I really wasn't aware that was a subjunctive.
However I still have some questions Raymott:
1) It is clear to me now that the use of the subjunctive "realized" is correct, but regarding the version with "realize", is it also correct here or is it definitely wrong?
2) When one uses, in the original sentence, "realized" instead of "realize", how can you tell that the first form is subjunctive while the second is not? For instance:
"What if he go to the shop?" and "What if he went to the shop?" - aren't both forms in the subjunctive irrespective that the first is simple present while the latter simple past?
3) In your examples above what is exactly the subtle difference? I still can't get all of it.
My problem wasn't "realize/realized" but the comma splice.
What if someday we realize that all of our so-called "reality" was just not true? How could we face the world then?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
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