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    ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    If I were to go into a soccer match thinking of how many yellow cards I have, I would hesitate each time I defend, and we would end up letting more goals in.

    Are the verbs in bold wrong? Thanks.

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    As an NES but not a teacher, the bold wording is "natural" BrE spoken English, but may or may not be acceptable to an English exam/test environment.

    "Have" means "have received".
    "I defend" means "I defend our goal area".

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    Or 'I have to my name' (that is, it feels to me like a lexical verb rather than an auxiliary with its main verb ellipted).

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    If I were to go into a soccer match thinking of how many yellow cards I have, I would hesitate each time I defend, and we would end up letting more goals in.

    Since 'were' makes the sentence hypothetical, I think I should change have to had, and defend to defended. Am I right?

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or 'I have to my name' (that is, it feels to me like a lexical verb rather than an auxiliary with its main verb ellipted).
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    I couldn't have said it better!
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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    If I were to go into a soccer match thinking of how many yellow cards I have, I would hesitate each time I defend, and we would end up letting more goals in.

    Since 'were' makes the sentence hypothetical, I think I should change have to had, and defend to defended. Am I right?

    Thanks.

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    Building on BobK's point:

    If it were to read "how many yellow cards I have against my name", changing "have" to "had" could change the meaning, as with "had" (in the past), some of those yellow cards may have "lapsed" and no longer attract any penalty, which would not be true with (currently/actively) "have".

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    I would say that "If I were to go into a football match thinking about how many yellow cards I had, I would hesitate every time I defended and would end up letting more goals in" is more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Building on BobK's point:

    If it were to read "how many yellow cards I have against my name", changing "have" to "had" could change the meaning, as with "had" (in the past), some of those yellow cards may have "lapsed" and no longer attract any penalty, which would not be true with (currently/actively) "have".

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    I don't know if yellow cards carry over from game to game (I think they don't). But I think the point is that a player still has so many yellow cards against him in his record, in his statistics.

    His point is that if he played like he was worried about getting called for another infraction, he would be tentative and not effective.

    We see similar things in American football, where players are sometimes given monetary fines by the league for using "excessive" violence in tackling opponents. Even if a player has been fined once or twice before in a season, he can't play like he's worried about getting another fine. He's got to play the game the only way he knows how.

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    Re: ... I have, I would hesitate each time I defend...

    I think, but I'm really not sure, that yellow cards can be carried over from game to game in a tournament, rather than just within league games. I'm entirely prepared to be very wrong about that. I haven't been to a football match since I was 12.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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