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    #1

    Use 'would' in 'if'

    Hello all,

    If you would have informed me earlier then i wouldn't switched off the geyser.
    If you would have informed me earlier then i don't switched off the geyser.


    Please correct this.

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    #2

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    If you had informed me earlier, I wouldn't have switched off the geyser.

    I am curious. How does one switch off a geyser?

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    #3

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If you had informed me earlier, I wouldn't have switched off the geyser.

    I am curious. How does one switch off a geyser?
    Big valve, I reckon.

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    #5

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    He means his water heater.


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    #6

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    Is "geyser" a generic word for water heater in the UK?

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    #7

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Is "geyser" a generic word for water heater in the UK?
    It used to be. It's still common in India.

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    #8

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    So it is called as water heater in American English and geyser in British English. Is this correct?

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    #9

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It used to be.
    I take it to mean 'It is no longer the case now'.

    Not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: Use 'would' in 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I take it to mean 'It is no longer the case now'.

    Not a teacher.
    Some people still use the term, Matthew. It's not as common as it used to be.

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