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    Question about conditional

    Are these sentences correct?
    If I had enough money I would have bought a car, but as I don't, I have to walk.
    If I knew what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.
    or could I say, Had I known what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.
    If my sister behaved properly she would have got a present, but instead she was punished.

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    Re: Question about conditional

    Nikita22- when you have several examples, it's easier to respond if you number them.

    1. If I had enough money I would have bought a car, but as I don't, I have to walk.
    If I had enough money, I would buy a car but, as I don't, I have to walk.

    2. If I knew what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.
    or could I say, Had I known what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.

    Your second example is almost there: Had I known what was going to happen on the holiday I would have stayed at home.

    3. If my sister behaved properly she would have got a present, but instead she was punished.

    If my sister had behaved properly, she would have got a present, but instead she was punished.



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    Re: Question about conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikita 22 View Post
    Are these sentences correct?

    If I had enough money I would have bought a car, but as I don't, I have to walk.
    If I had had enough money, I would have bought a car but as I didn't, I have to walk.
    If I had enough money, I would buy a car but as I don't, I have to walk.

    If I knew what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.
    or could I say, Had I known what was going to happen on a holiday I would have stayed at home.
    If I knew what was going to happen on holiday, I would stay at home.
    If I had known what was going to happen on holiday, I would have stayed at home.

    If my sister behaved properly she would have got a present, but instead she was punished.
    If my sister behaved properly, she would get a present, but instead she gets punished.
    If my sister had behaved properly, she would have got a present but instead she was punished.


    Thank you.

    I have some alternative suggestions as well as some the same as the previous poster. See above.

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    Re: Question about conditional

    A couple of your sentences are grammatically possible, though I suspect you intended the versions others have suggested:

    If I had enough money (i.e. if if were a person who always had money) I would have bought a car (some time ago), but as I don't, (I didn't buy a car, and so) I have to walk.

    If my sister behaved properly
    (all the time) she would have got a present (e.g. on her birthday), but instead she was punished.

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