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    would be great if (Present Plural)

    Dear all,

    I have doubts about the following sentence:
    It would be great if she (and her friends if they are free) come tomorrow.
    It seems to me that firstly, one should use Simple Past in the if-clause and secondly, it's necessary to use the singular form instead of the plural one. Could you please confirm or deny?

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    #2

    Re: would be great if (Present Plural)

    Use the past tense:

    It would be great if she (and her friends if they are free) came tomorrow.

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    Re: would be great if (Present Plural)

    Thanks, Bennevis!
    What about the singular/plural form in:
    she (and her friends if they are free) come tomorrow.
    (if we consider this part as a separate sentence)
    I think it is necessary to use 'comes' instead of 'come', isn't it?

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    Re: would be great if (Present Plural)

    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Thanks, Bennevis!
    What about the singular/plural form in:

    (if we consider this part as a separate sentence)
    I think it is necessary to use 'comes' instead of 'come', isn't it?
    She and possibly her friends come...
    She - and her friends if they are free - comes tomorrow.
    She comes tomorrow.

    The interpolated part
    does not affect number concord.

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    Re: would be great if (Present Plural)

    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Thanks, Bennevis!
    What about the singular/plural form in:

    (if we consider this part as a separate sentence)
    I think it is necessary to use 'comes' instead of 'come', isn't it?
    "She (and her friends if they are free) comes tomorrow."
    Yes, you'd use 'comes' there - if you have to express it that way. It would be better to write: "She comes tomorrow, with her friends if they are free."

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    Re: would be great if (Present Plural)

    Thanks for your help, Afit and Raymott

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