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    "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    Dear all,

    While I was talking to my friend, there were some terrible noise so I said to my friend "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    According to conditional #3, is my sentence in quotations okay/correct?
    If not, please kindly correct it for me.

    Thanks,

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    Re: "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Dear all,

    While I was talking to my friend, there were some terrible noise so I said to my friend "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    According to conditional #3, is my sentence in quotations okay/correct?
    If not, please kindly correct it for me.

    Thanks,
    "We could have discussed some topics if there had not been any noise."
    Without "on" and with the capital at the beginning and the full stop at the end, it's a correct sentence.

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    Wow! Is it correct? Okay, I think I have enough knowledge of conditional cases. I used "on" because I have seen "discuss" followed by "on". Anyway! Thanks for the answer and I really found it helpful.

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    Re: "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    I used "on" because I have seen "discuss" followed by "on".

    Are you sure about that? I can't make that sound natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Are you sure about that? I can't make that sound natural.

    Oh no! I have made a big mistake. The word I am talking about is "plan" not discuss. I just looked it up in my Cambridge dictionary.

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    Re: "we could have discussed on some topics if there had not been any noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Oh no! I have made a big mistake. The word I am talking about is "plan" not discuss. I just looked it up in my Cambridge dictionary.
    You can't replace "discuss" with "plan" in your example and make it sound natural either.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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