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    would + past tense?

    Is it OK to say these: 1. I would give it to you if you asked. 2. If you would ask I gave it to you. 3. I would give it to you if you would ask. Which part of such sentences normally goes into "would" and which into if? Thank you!

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    Re: would + past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by fideliko View Post
    Is it OK to say these: 1. I would give it to you if you asked. 2. If you would ask I gave it to you. 3. I would give it to you if you would ask. Which part of such sentences normally goes into "would" and which into if? Thank you!
    #1 is OK.

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    Re: would + past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #1 is OK.
    So why number 2 and 3 are not OK? Do you have to always start your phrase with would part? Thank you!

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    Re: would + past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by fideliko View Post
    So why are number 2 and 3 are not OK? Do you always have to always start your phrase with the 'would' part? Thank you!
    No. If you asked, I would give it to you is fine.

    In basic conditional sentences, will/would is used in the if-clause. A tensed verb is used in the main clause.

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