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    Conditional

    A- If I were you, I would stay at hospital
    B- If I were you, I would have stayed at hospital.

    Which one? Why?
    I know that A is correct. But I want to know the meaning of B. Is it common also? It's second and third conditional.

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    #2

    Re: Conditional

    A is discussing something that is in the future or immediate present.

    B is discussing something that has already happened where you would have done it differently.

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    Re: Conditional

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    In my opinion:

    1. If I were you, I would stay a little longer in the hospital. It's too early for you to leave today.

    2. If I had been you, I definitely would have stayed longer in the hospital. Now you are having problems and may have to return to the hospital.


    NOTE: Americans use "the" with the word "hospital."

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I know that A is correct. No, it isn't. It should be 'I would stay at the hospital' or 'I would stay in hospital'.
    But I want to know the meaning of B. Is it common also?
    B should be 'If I had been you I would have stayed at the hospital' (or 'in hospital' [BE]).

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    #5

    Re: Conditional

    What about:

    If I were you, I would have stayed at the hospital.

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    #6

    Re: Conditional

    That's wrong. You have already received correct answers.

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    #7

    Re: Conditional

    A is discussing something that is in the future or immediate present.

    B is discussing something that has already happened where you would have done it differently.

    It is SoothingDave's comment. Do you see anything related to being wrong? Where did I receive my answer?
    Last edited by Freeguy; 08-Jan-2015 at 20:13.

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    #8

    Re: Conditional

    Rover corrected the tense in B in post #4.

    I didn't recognize the error because it is a common error that a lot of people would make.

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    #9

    Re: Conditional

    In the third conditional, the "if" clause should be in the past perfect: "If I had been you".

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