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    relative clause in second conditional

    Hello, which one is the correct sentence?

    If I had a Genie who could grant me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for future.
    If I had a Genie who can grant me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for future.

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    #2

    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    Neither one is correct. The first one would be OK with "the" before "future".

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    I would not capitalise "genie". I would say "use one wish and save the other two for the future".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    I would make two wishes, and then wish for three more wishes.

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    O​h Mike, everyone knows that the one thing you're not allowed to wish for is more wishes. Any genie will tell you that!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither one is correct. The first one would be OK with "the" before "future".
    Then I think past participle should be used in the relative clause of second conditional with 'determiner' before "future" as the following:


    If I had a Genie who could grant me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for the(my) future.


    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would not capitalise "genie". I would say "use one wish and save the other two for the future".
    I want to know why if 'keep' isn't fit for the sentence? Is it beccause 'keep' is not usually used in America for meaning of 'save'?


    keep
    : to have or hold (something) for later use instead of using it now
    We'll eat some of the cookies now and keep [=save] some for later.
    I'll keep my news until later. [=I'll tell you my news later]
    (Brit) Would you keep [=(US) save] a seat for me?
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would make two wishes, and then wish for three more wishes.
    Hahaha I wonder what would Genie say then.

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    I didn't say that "keep" wasn't fit/right for your sentence. I simply said that I would say "... save two wishes for the future". That's my choice of word. Both "keep something for later" and "save something for later" are correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Yonsu99 View Post
    Then I think past participle should be used in the relative clause ... as the following:
    If I had a Genie who could grant me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for the(my) future.
    Where is the past participle?

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Where is the past participle?
    Oh that's my mistake, I was meaning past form, could.

    If I had a Genie who could grant me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for the(my) future.

    And it could be phrased with past participle like the following:
    If I had a Genie who granted me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for the(my) future.

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    Re: relative clause in second conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Yonsu99 View Post
    And it could be phrased with past participle like the following:
    If I had a Genie who granted me three wishes, I would say one on the spot and keep the other two wishes for the(my) future.
    Sorry, I still cannot find the past participle.

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