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    I I say/ If I would say

    Dear all,

    If I can asking for a particular usage, should I start by saying

    "If I would say something,........" or "If I say something....."

    Which is more correct?

    Thank you

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Dear all,

    If I can asking for a particular usage, should I start by saying

    "If I would say something,........" or "If I say something....."

    Which is more correct?

    Thank you
    I can't think of any examples when we would say "If I would say something..."

    However, "If I say something..." is fine.

    - If I say something to you, will you listen?
    - If I say something quietly, do you think you will be able to hear me?

    This can also be said as:

    - If I were to say something to you, would you listen?

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    It depends on the context.

    Please give a full sentence.

    Rover


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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    Could you say "If I were to say to you, ...?"

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    Quote Originally Posted by AmyYvonne View Post
    Could you say "If I were to say to you, ...?"
    Yes.
    "If I were to say to you that I thought you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"
    Of course, there are simpler ways of saying this.

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    Quote Originally Posted by AmyYvonne View Post
    Could you say "If I were to say to you, ...?"
    Yes, this is a fine way to say it. However, if you were to say, "If I would say to you that you are....." it would be acceptable to most people. It may not be formally correct, but one hears far more egregious grammatical errors every day, at least in the USA.

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Yes, this is a fine way to say it. However, if you were to say, "If I would say to you that you are....." it would be acceptable to most people. It may not be formally correct, but one hears far more egregious grammatical errors every day, at least in the USA.
    To most Americans perhaps?
    We hear some very poor English in Australia too. That doesn't make fairly poor English acceptable just because it's not as bad.
    But I guess it depends on the standards that the students aspire to.

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    Re: I I say/ If I would say

    'If [subject] would' in 2nd conditionals is sub-standard in BrEng too and, I would say, egregious enough to grate on the ear. I wonder if it is more common in colloquial AmEng and so tolerated more?

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