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    #1

    "If he has ..., he can ..."

    "If he has a lot of money, he can buy car."

    Is the second part of the given sentence grammatically correct or should it be he will buy car, please?

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    Re: "If he has ..., he can ..."

    Both are correct.
    The original shows what is able to do.
    The second shows his intention, if he's able.
    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: "If he has ..., he can ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The original shows what is able to do.
    Thank you, Barb, so very much for your excellent contribution and helpful response. Your triumph is my victory! A non-native teacher teaching postgraduate students was asked by a secondary school teacher if the second part is correct and he insisted that it should be he will buy. Therefore, he asked me and I said it is possible. However, he smiled and neglected me.


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    #4

    Re: "If he has ..., he can ..."

    Well, both are possible, as said above.

    Tom just won some money on a game show. If he has enough money, he can buy a car. He's been saying how much he wants one. Now he can. But maybe he will pay off his student loans instead.

    Tom just won some money on a game show. If he has enough money, he will buy a car. He really needs one and it's all he's been talking about. I'm sure of it - he will buy a car.
    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: "If he has ..., he can ..."

    Note: "buy a car," not "buy car."

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