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    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...

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    Re: If clauses

    It's fine.

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    Smile Re: If clauses

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

    your sentence is acceptable.
    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.

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    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.

    y Your sentence is acceptable.
    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.

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    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.

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    Re: If clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by aliii View Post
    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.

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

    (After one hour)

    Teacher: Please pass the examinations.

    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.

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    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)'.

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    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...

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    Re: If clauses

    By now would work.

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    Re: If clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by aliii View Post
    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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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