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    I would be happy if you wrote this. Does it have two meanings?

    Hi everyone.
    It seems the sentence has two meanings.
    If you wrote this(three days ago), I would be happy(now).
    If you wrote this(now), I would be happy.
    What do you think?
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    Richard

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    Re: I would be happy if you wrote this. Does it have two meanings?

    Not a teacher

    To me, it gives only one meaning. You are saying or writing it now but it is about past.

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    Re: I would be happy if you wrote this. Does it have two meanings?

    Surely you would know from the context whether you are holding something that clearly has already been written, and you're happy about that, or whether you are holding something and asking the other person to please write it.

    It's not the most natural sentence either way.

    I'd be happy to know you were the person/the one who wrote this. (The big "I love you" sticker on my text book, for example.)
    I'd appreciate it if you could write this for me. (You have a birthday card to give someone, but you have terrible handwriting.)
    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: I would be happy if you wrote this. Does it have two meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hi everyone.
    It seems the sentence has two meanings.
    If you wrote this(three days ago), I would be happy(now).
    If you wrote this(now), I would be happy.
    What do you think?
    Many thanks.
    Richard
    No.

    If you had written this (in the past), I would be happy (now). 'You' did not write this.
    If you wrote this (in the past), I am happy (now). The speaker accepts that 'you' did write this.
    If you wrote this (now or in the future), I would be happy (in the future). The speaker presents a hypothetical present/future situation.

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