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    If + Should + Ever

    If Smith should ever sell his home, he will ask to me first.

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    1, Is it present tense? (as per my knowledge - YES)
    2, Does it mean in past tense as well?
    3, How to say it in future tense?
    4, What kind of conditional sentence is this? I have read & learned 6 types of conditional sentences but I have never found a conditional sentence with (If + Should + Ever).

    Please give me a detail answer.

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    Re: If + Should + Ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    If Smith should ever sell his home, he will ask to me first.
    Do you mean that he will ask you for permission to see it, or will offer to sell it to you?

    This is a first conditional sentence, referring to a possible future situation. There are no present tense verbs in it, though some consider 'will' to be the present-tense form of the modal.

    'If X should do' can be used in place of 'If X do/does' and of 'If X did'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Aug-2012 at 10:00. Reason: typo

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    Re: If + Should + Ever

    Tense and time are not synonymous in English, particularly with modals.

    If Smith should ever sell his home
    This just means that the speaker does not really expect Smith will sell his home. It reduces the possibility to something like a second conditional, without making it purely imaginary- the person would be happy if Smith did this.

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