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    Conditional

    Please, would you tell me if these sentences are correct:

    1. If her father were still alive, he would be proud of his grandchildren.
    2, If her father were still alive, he would have been proud of his grandchildren.
    3. If George Orwell were still alive, he would not like to have his statue in front of the BBC.
    4. If George Orwell were still alive, he would not have liked to have his statue in front of the BBC.

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would you tell me if these sentences are correct:

    1. If her father were still alive, he would be proud of his grandchildren.
    2, If her father were still alive, he would have been proud of his grandchildren.
    3. If George Orwell were still alive, he would not like to have his statue in front of the BBC.
    4. If George Orwell were still alive, he would not have liked to have his statue in front of the BBC.
    Try 2 and 4 again. "If XXX were" only refers to "If XXX were alive now", therefore the present tense follows it. If the end of the sentence is in the past tense "he would have been proud of his grandchildren", then you need to change the beginning of the sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Conditional

    emsr2d2,

    Thank you for your explanations.
    Regarding the sentences 2 and 4, I wonder if it would be correct to write:

    1. If her father had been still alive, he would have been proud of his grandchildren.
    2. If George Orwell had been still alive, he would not have liked to have his statue in front of the BBC.

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    emsr2d2,

    Thank you for your explanations.
    Regarding the sentences 2 and 4, I wonder if it would be correct to write:

    1. If her father had been still alive, he would have been proud of his grandchildren.
    2. If George Orwell had been still alive, he would not have liked to have his statue in front of the BBC.
    Yes, you've now used the correct tense construction but "still" needs to be moved. You have two choices (the first is more natural and common):

    1) If her father had still been alive, ...
    2) If her father had been alive still, ...

    You can also say:

    1) Had her father still been alive, ...
    2) Had her father been alive still, ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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