Is this sentence correct?
If you happen to see Elia, would you ask her if she get my e-mail?
1- If you happen to see Elia, would you ask her "whether has she got" my e-mail?
2-If you happen to see Elia, would you ask her "if she did get" my e-mail?
Last edited by Kharkhun; 18-Mar-2014 at 06:12.
Both are incorrect. In reported questions, we do not use subject-verb inversion.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Mar-2014 at 08:41.
Is my first sentence considered as a second conditional (combined with "happen to")?
No. 'Would' in requests is often such as polite way of expressing that request:
Would you ask Elia to come and see me - Please ask Ella to come and see me.
We regard 'would like' in many contexts as almost a present tense equivalent of 'wish/want/desire'. Compare:
I would like a cup of tea.. - want
I would like Elsie more if she washed occasionally - hypothetical conditional.
Last edited by 5jj; 18-Mar-2014 at 14:49. Reason: typo