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    What if I had something big.

    What if I had something big.

    What if I have something big.

    I think we can use either one in the same situation but there is a reason why the verb tenses are different? When you native English speakers use the first or the second? Thank you so much as usual.

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    Re: What if I had something big.

    Not a teacher, nor a native speaker.

    I would use first when you imagine you might have something big but it is not likely (or at least there is a chance) to be happen and second when you are almost sure you will have something big.

    In other words the same reason as in the conditional sentences.

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    Re: What if I had something big.

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    What if I had something big.

    What if I have something big.

    I think we can use either one in the same situation but there is a reason why the verb tenses are different? When you native English speakers use the first or the second? Thank you so much as usual.
    Yesterday I went fishing and when I pulled the line in I knew that I had something big on the line. Today I have a big fish to cook. "had", in your sample, refers to the past, while "have" refers to the present. I had a headache last night and now I have a painful toe.

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