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    #1

    You were

    I write "If you were smart enough,................................"

    Does "were" in the sentence alludes that I do not think the person I am writing to is smart enough?

    Does "you were...." have other implicit meanings?

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    #2

    Re: You were

    "If you were" could say that you consider the person not smart enough now.
    It could also mean the person was smart enough in the past event/situation/time.

    If you were smart enough, you would have been in Honors Geometry. (But you are not smart enough, so you are not in that class.)
    If you were smart enough to solve the first puzzle, how could the second one (which was easier) have given you trouble? (You did solve it, so you are smart enough.)
    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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    #3

    Re: You were

    Can we replace "if you were smart enough, you would have been in Honors Geometry" with "if you were smart enough, you would be in Honors Geometry"?

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: You were

    Yes.

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