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  1. B45
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    "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of the

    I say to my boss:

    "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that he wanted/want to opt out of his contract. We're in a lot of trouble."

    VS

    "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decides that he wanted/want to opt out of his contract. We're in a lot of trouble."

    Which one would be correct?
    Last edited by B45; 13-Apr-2014 at 06:06.

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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    The first one is correct with "wanted". The second one is incorrect.

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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    The second would be correct with 'wants'. I would use "we'd be in a lot of trouble" for the first.
    In any case, you have to include the last sentence with the first. You can't split a conditional sentence into two like that.
    "If something happens, something follows", NOT "If something happens. Something follows".

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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    There shouldn't be a full stop after "contract". It makes the first part an incomplete sentence.

    Hypothetically speaking, if the client decided that he wanted to opt out of his contract, we'd be in a lot of trouble.
    Hypothetically speaking, if the client decides that he wants to opt out of his contract, we'll be in a lot of trouble.

    (Edit: Apologies, I failed to spot that Raymott had already pointed out that you need to combine the sentences.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. B45
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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    Since, it's hypothetically speaking, wouldn't it be better to use the 2nd conditional?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Apr-2014 at 19:00. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote

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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    All conditionals are hypotheticals to a certain extent because they all involve something which hasn't happened yet. The first conditional is used for a real possibility. It sounds to me as if there is a real possibility that he will decide to opt out of the contract. On that basis, I actually prefer the first conditional.

    Note that I wouldn't actually start either sentence with "Hypothetically speaking". I would simply say "If the client decides/decided ..." etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Hypothetically speaking, if client X decided that they wanted/want to opt out of

    You could simplify the sentence even more by removing "that he wanted".

    "If client X decided to opt out of his contract, we'd be in a lot of trouble."

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