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  1. B45
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    If conditional confusion

    I say to my friend:

    I told you I'd foot your bill if we get/got the guys to pay half.

    Should I always backshift in this situation?

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    Yes.

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    I would use got, but I don't think you don't have to backshift always- in colloquial speech if the deal hasn't been finalised, the present would work OK I think, but I don't think everyone would accept it.

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    This sentence is a combination of a conditional and reported speech. Backshifting is common, but not required in all cases.

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    It is a curious mixture.

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    I think "when" can replace "if".

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    Re: If conditional confusion

    It can.

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