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    #1

    conditionals

    good day!
    i'd like to ask which sentence is grammatically correct?
    1. We wanted to go out yesterday but the weather the weather was appalling. If it had been a sunny day, we would have gone for a picnic.
    or is this better
    We wanted to go out yesterday but the weather was appalling. If were a sunny day, we would have gone for a picnic.

    2. If I were you or If I had been you, I would have studied harder during the academic year. NOw it is too late.
    which is right? If i were you or if i had been you?

    thank you.
    please enlighten me.

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    Re: conditionals

    Just trying

    1) Seems to be correct - had been...... would have

    2) If I had been you, I would have studied harder during the academic year. Not it it too late. -

    3rd conditional

    1)used to express critisism/regret)


    2) used for Imaginary past, with imagary present result.


    Quote Originally Posted by lisa***
    good day!
    i'd like to ask which sentence is grammatically correct?
    1. We wanted to go out yesterday but the weather the weather was appalling. If it had been a sunny day, we would have gone for a picnic.
    or is this better
    We wanted to go out yesterday but the weather was appalling. If were a sunny day, we would have gone for a picnic.
    2. If I were you or If I had been you, I would have studied harder during the academic year. NOw it is too late.
    which is right? If i were you or if i had been you?
    thank you.
    please enlighten me.
    Last edited by rajan; 20-Feb-2006 at 12:21.

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    #3

    Re: conditionals

    I agree with #1, but with the second, we normally say 'If I were you, I would have...' because it seems illogical to say 'If I had been you', which implies that I wasn't you in the past, but could be you in the future. We can say 'If I had been in your position' as it doesn't have the same problem of logic.

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