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    #1

    "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    Hello, there. How are you? While I was watching a movie, I saw a lady saying,

    "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    However, I have learned that 'could' should be 'can' because of the agreement of tense, or It should be "If I didn't

    get some sleep, I could miscarry'.

    So nowadays is it okay to express sentences in the form?

    Thank you in advance as always.

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    #2

    Re: "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Hello, there. How are you? While I was watching a movie, I saw a lady saying,

    "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    However, I have learned that 'could' should be 'can' because of the agreement of tense, or It should be "If I didn't

    get some sleep, I could miscarry'.

    So nowadays is it okay to express sentences in the form?

    Thank you in advance as always.
    It's OK and always has been.

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    Re: "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    Thank you. Then how about 'If someone points out my mistakes, I would say "thank you". I think this is written in the same form and also correct. What do you think?

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    #4

    Re: "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    "Could" and "would" are not the same.
    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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    #5

    Re: "If I don't get some sleep, I could miscarry".

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's OK and always has been.
    And it's nothing to do with tense.

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