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    Some questions about conditional sentences I made.

    1. Grammar books always list sentence patterns for us to follow. I wonder if conditional sentences can be used only when written in the sentence patterns grammar books provide.
    Example:
    If s+v, s would/could/...
    Without N, S would...
    If it were...
    S + V as if....
    The above are standard ones.

    If I write: Since the cloak could make me invisible, I could hide myself from everyone elsewhen I were in a bad mood and didn't want to get bothered.
    (The cloak is indeed nonexistent in the world.)
    It it right to write so?
    2.
    Which one is right?
    I would just have to make a little mark on the cloak for me to know where it were.
    or
    I would just have to make a little mark on the cloak for me to know where it is.

    Thanks for your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    1. Grammar books always list sentence patterns for us to follow. I wonder if conditional sentences can be used only when written in the sentence patterns grammar books provide.
    Example:
    If s+v, s would/could/...
    Without N, S would...
    If it were...
    S + V as if....
    The above are standard ones.

    If I write: Since the cloak could make me invisible, I could hide myself from everyone elsewhen I were in a bad mood and didn't want to get bothered.
    (The cloak is indeed nonexistent in the world.)
    It it right to write so?

    The subjunctive is incorrect. You should have written "when I was in a bad mood." It has nothing to do with the cloak's existence.
    Secondly, else and when cannot be run together into a single word. And last, the standard phrase is be bothered, not get bothered.

    2.
    Which one is right?
    I would just have to make a little mark on the cloak for me to know where it were.
    or
    I would just have to make a little mark on the cloak for me to know where it is.

    The second is correct. I think one thing you need to learn is that were is plural in the ordinary or indicative mood. The other, subjunctive, use of were is both singular and plural.

    Thanks for your reply.
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    Last edited by probus; 08-Jul-2013 at 14:25.

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    Re: Some questions about conditional sentences I made.

    Thank you so much. The "elsewhen" is a typing mistake.
    As for "where it is or were", I just think since it's a subjunctive sentence(the cloak is nonexistent), should I write this indirect question in a subjunctive manner too?

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