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    I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ineffic

    I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an inefficient worker. I say:

    I mean why would he say that if he wants to work with me.

    Is this a conditional sentence?
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  2. B45
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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    The dilemma I have here is that we had just become partners and then he goes and tells my friend that I'm inept... So, apparently he wants to work with me but why would he still say I'm a bad worker?

    I mean why would he say that if he wants to work with me. - Is this a conditional sentence?

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    Yes, it's conditional, of a sort. It's based on the conditional premise "If I were inept, he wouldn't want to work for me."
    Maybe he wants to take over your superior position, and thinks that it would be easy if you are not competent.

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    It is a mixed conditional. A second conditional would be "if he wanted to work with me". A first conditional would be "if he wants to work with me". "Would" usually goes with second conditionals.

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    Are mixed conditionals grammatical or acceptable?

    So what about the sentence in question?

    I mean why would he say that if he wants to work with me.

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    Mixed conditionals can be grammatical and acceptable. Your sentence is fine with me.

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    Thank you Mike! I'm just curious what the others think?

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    Re: I ask my friend a question regarding a new business partner who said I was an ine

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    I mean, why would he say that if he wants to work with me.
    I'd use a comma. As it is, it's correct in speech.

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