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    if clause

    If I were sitting in a government office I would lower the prices of the tickets for public transport.

    Is this correct?

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    Re: if clause

    Quote Originally Posted by maxi223 View Post
    If I were sitting in a government office I would lower the prices of the tickets for public transport.

    Is this correct?
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    Good morning, Maxi.

    (1) Congratulations, your grammar is perfect. (You do need a comma after "office.")

    (2) But I think that you have chosen the "wrong" words.

    (3) For example, I am just an ordinary person. I can go to any

    government office building and sit down. But I cannot make any

    decisions. Only government leaders can do that.

    (4) I believe that you probably want to say something like:

    If I had the authority, I would lower the prices for public transportation.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: if clause

    Pragmatics. I have no problem with If I were sitting in place of If I had the authority.

    It is obvious from the text (for me) that the author meant by "sitting" this: "If I had my foot firmly under the table; If I worked there."


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    Re: if clause

    One more thing; when you say government; can that refer to people who actually work for government?
    so, what i wanted to say; If i were in their position, or if i had the authority.
    thanks

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