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    Even If + First/Second Conditional

    What is followed after "Even if"? First or Second conditional?

    "Even if I had one, I wouldn't give you".

    "Even if I have one, I won't give you".

    I find this is used interchangeably in some grammar learning websites.
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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    'Had' is the past subjunctive used in the second conditional.

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Had' is the past subjunctive used in the second conditional.

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    So, which one should I use?

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    If I actually don't have one, I will use the second conditional.

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    "Even if I had one, I wouldn't give it to you."

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    'I don't have one. Even if I had one, I wouldn't give it to you.'
    'I don't know whether I will have one. Even if I have one, I won't give it to you.'

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'I don't have one. Even if I had one, I wouldn't give it to you.'
    'I don't know whether I will have one. Even if I have one, I won't give it to you.'

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Even if I had one, I wouldn't give it to you."
    Is it not natural or ungrammatical?

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    "Even if I had one, I wouldn't give you".
    This makes no sense.

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    Re: Even If + First/Second Conditional

    Why does it make no sense? I can understand it.

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