1. ## If clauses

Hello,

I have an example about 'if clauses'. But I don't know that it is correct or not.

.If you had studied hard, you would have passed maths today.

Thanks...

It's fine.

3. ## Re: If clauses

If you had studied hard, you would have passed maths today.

It expresses a condtional clause of type 3, but i see that there isn't necessary to mention the adverb today.
Because it is an imaginary situation in the past, and it didn't happen.

4. ## Re: If clauses

Mohammadhelmi, please follow the normal conventions of starting sentences using a capital letter for the first word of a sentence and for the first person pronoun. We do not usually present a clause beginning with 'because' as a complete sentence.

The clause that I have underlined is not really relevant to the question, in my opinion; 'today' might be important if there had been a maths test the previous week.

It expresses a condtional clause of type 3, but i I see that there it isn't necessary to mention the adverb "today".
Because it is an imaginary situation in the past, and it didn't happen.

5. ## Re: If clauses

But I thought that we can just use 'would have + v3 ' with past adverb of time. For this reason I m confused why today is used.

6. ## Re: If clauses

Originally Posted by aliii
But I thought that we can just use 'would have + v3 ' with past adverb of time. For this reason I m confused why today is used.

NOT A TEACHER

Teacher: OK, students. Here is the test. You have one hour to finish. Good luck.

(After one hour)

The Parser: Teacher, all of the other students have left. You will tell them their

examination marks tomorrow. Is it OK if I wait now to see how I did on the exam?

Teacher: No problem. Let me check yours now.

(after 15 minutes)

Teacher: Sorry, Parser, you have failed.

The Parser: Oh, no! My parents will kill me! [NOTE: this is only an expression!]

Teacher: Well, you did well on the test last week, and you would have passed

today, too, if you had studied.

7. ## Re: If clauses

I like TheParser's example, but please note that in the teacher's " Please pass the examinations", 'pass' is used in the sense of 'move them (towards me)'.

8. ## Re: If clauses

Thank you I think I have understood.

For example,

You could have done my homework now.But You didn't. Can I ask you why?

Here is 'now'. 'Now' in here refers a situation which became in past.Is that right?
Thanks...

9. ## Re: If clauses

By now would work.

10. ## Re: If clauses

Originally Posted by aliii
Thank you I think I have understood.

For example,

You could have done my homework now.But You didn't. Can I ask you why?

Here is 'now'. 'Now' in here refers a situation which became in past.Is that right?
Thanks...
Is there a reason that "you" are doing "my" homework?

You could have done your homework by now.
I could have done my homework by now.

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