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    Old people

    Hi guys,

    Please check. "If the old people used to work hard then they wouldn't have been suffering from obesity or wouldn't have suffered from obesity".

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    Re: Old people

    I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.
    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: Old people

    Will it be meaningful if 'work hard' is changed to 'work out hard'?

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    Re: Old people

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Will it be meaningful if 'work hard' is changed to 'work out hard'?
    No. For old people "working out" was meaningless - unless it meant calculating something by hand.

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    #5

    Re: Old people

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    Please check. "If the old people used to work hard then they wouldn't have been suffering from obesity or wouldn't have suffered from obesity".
    tufguy, you can't keep quoting something and then putting other stuff in the quotes. Can I suggest you do this:
    "If the old people used to work hard then they wouldn't have been suffering from obesity" or "...wouldn't have suffered from obesity".
    The 'or' doesn't belong in quotes, and two alternative phrases don't belong in the same quotes. You are doing well to use quotes, but you can't just add other stuff between them.

    "If old people had worked hard, they would not now be suffering from obesity." Is that what you mean?
    Last edited by Raymott; 26-Jun-2014 at 11:04.

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    Re: Old people

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    For old people "working out" was meaningless
    The OP said 'used to'. Old people used to be young.

    Not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Old people

    I am not a teacher.

    Exactly.

    If people who are now old had worked hard when they were young, they wouldn't now be suffering from obesity.

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    Re: Old people

    But I think 'worked hard' relates to 'poverty' more than 'obesity'. Am I wrong?

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    Re: Old people

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The OP said 'used to'. Old people used to be young.

    Not a teacher.
    Yes, they used to be young, when "working out" meant something completely different.
    Are you saying there's a difference between the OPs "If the people used to ..." and my "If old people had ..." apart from that mine is grammatical?

    PS: And where does poverty enter into it?

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    Re: Old people

    I am not a teacher.

    @Matthew. I wasn't commenting on the validity of the statement, just on what I thought the OP intended.

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