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  1. B45
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    Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppet ma

    Line I heard from a TV show or Movie:

    I suggest you to stop trying to play puppet master and lure me with your deceitful schemes anymore 'cause I just might have to shoot you if I see/saw you in SoCal.

    Should it be see or saw here?

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    I would use "see" there. However, the beginning of the sentence is grammatically incorrect. "I suggest you to stop trying ..." is wrong. "I suggest that you stop trying ..." or "I suggest to you that you stop trying ..." would be OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    Why see instead of saw? Shouldn't saw follow might in if conditionals?

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    The person is referring to what might happen in the future. If there were more certainty and "might" was not used, it would be "I will shoot you if I see you in SoCal". I don't find "just might have to" to be the same as "would have to".

    I just might have to shoot you if I see you in SoCal.
    I would have to shoot you if I saw you in SoCal.
    I will have to shoot you if I see you in SoCal.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    ... And the first part of the sentence is still a mess, even after sorting out the 'to'. I don't if you include parallelism in your understanding of grammaticality; I do. 'Stop => trying & luring'. Otherwise it means 'Stop trying... and [instead] lure...' - both 'stop' and 'lure' are imperatives.

    And besides, 'any more' is two words.

    And besides that 'any more' has to follow a negative (rather than just an implied one).

    Apart from that, it's fine - but with those problems, getting the conditional right is the least of your worries.

    That said, I'm not saying the script is badly written (whatever that means). The grammar of speech is a lot more fluid than the grammar of formal prose, and writing a script involves doing things that in a different context might be regarded as mistakes.

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    And don't forget the important rule: "Don't correct the grammar of a guy with a gun."

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

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    Re: Line I heard from a TV show or Movie: I suggest you to stop trying to play puppe

    The beginning can also be "I suggest you stop...." I would use "see". You are talking about what might happen in the future.

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