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    #1

    I'll sign it, if you'd let me look

    Why is grammar rules for conditional sentences are violated? The sentence in bold below should read as I'll sign it, Greg Heffley, if you let me look at your infection. = I will sign it provided you let me look at your infection).
    So, what effect does 'if you'd look' (not 'if you'll look') create? Is it more emphatic?


    Here's the video:

    http://megashare.sc/watch-diary-of-a...ne-TVRnd05RPT0

    TIME: 51.30

    It's a raging infection caused by a splinter
    that was left untreated.
    Want to be the first to sign my sympathy sheet?
    No.
    I'll sign it, Greg Heffley, if you'd let me look at your infection.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: I'll sign it, if you'd let me look

    "Would" simply makes it less certain.

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    #3

    Re: I'll sign it, if you'd let me look

    I'd call it wrong.

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    #4

    Re: I'll sign it, if you'd let me look

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd call it wrong.
    Do you think the film makers wanted to show that the boy uses wrong grammar structures because he is still a child or was it just a mistake of the actor?
    Or Maybe MikeNewYork is right - in the film the boy wanted some attention from the main character, may be the boy just wasn't sure he would do what he asks and so used the "less certain" structure in the second part of the sentence?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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