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I am wondering if these conditional sentences are correct:
1. If Hemingway were alive, he would probably have lived outside the USA.
2. If Hemingway were alive, he would probably live outside the USA.
3. If Mark Twain were alive, he would be travelling all over the world. ( or is it correct to write, he would have been travelling all over the world?)
4. If Jane Austen were alive, she would have written more novels and probably received the Nobel Prize.
Last edited by NoneNative; 11-Aug-2012 at 23:34.
Now I really do not understand anything. I simply wanted to know if my sentences are correct, and these two answers did not give me any clue. I would be grateful if someone would explain to me this kind of conditional sentences.
#2 is OK if you mean "If Hemingway were alive now/today, he would live outside the USA".
Same for #3.
#4 is incorrect. Jane Austen was alive, quite clearly, or she couldn't have written any books. Again, you need to specify a time period. If Jane Austen were alive now, she would still be writing novels. If Jane Austen had lived longer, she would have written more novels and might have won the Nobel Prize.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you so much for your explanations. They have really helped me to understand where I make the mistakes when writing such kind of sentences.