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    A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really really

    A lion is circling our car and I alerted others:

    Maybe if we just stay really really still it will go away.

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    Maybe if we just stayed really really still it will go away.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    The second one needs "would" instead of "will".

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    This is a real and not hypothetical situation, so the present tense (type 1conditional) is more appropriate.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    This is a real and not hypothetical situation, so the present tense (type 1conditional) is more appropriate.
    The second conditional is perfectly appropriate. It presents a less likely situation. The speaker is less certain that the lion would go away.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    This is a real and not hypothetical situation, so the present tense (type 1conditional) is more appropriate.
    Ted, this is yet another example of a reply which should begin or end with in my opinion.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Ted, this is yet another example of a reply which should begin or end with in my opinion.
    Rover
    I have never claimed that what I have been posting is anything other than my own opinions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I have never claimed that what I have been posting is anything other than my own opinions.
    You may have noticed that even experienced teachers use 'in my opinion' or 'I think' if they are not presenting something as an accepted fact.

    Many members do not notice the signature line under a post. As this is the 'Ask a teacher' forum, some members assume that the answers given are posted by teachers, and must be correct.
    Last edited by Piscean; 02-Aug-2015 at 23:30. Reason: typo

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    This is a real and not hypothetical situation
    In my humble opinion, the situation is hypothetical instead of being real, because the speaker uses 'Maybe', which suggests uncertainty.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Many members do not notice the signature line under a post.
    That's why I had often said 'but I am not a teacher' in my posts until Rover_KE told me to move it onto my signature line.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    I did not tell you to do it. My exact words were


    Have you noticed tedmc's signature line?

    If you did the same or wrote something similar, you wouldn't have to type 'but I am not a teacher' every time you post.

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    Re: A lion is circling our car and I alerted others: Maybe if we just stay really re

    But bear in mind that when a new user is sorting out their personal forum settings, one of the options is to not see signature lines. I assume it's to save space on mobile devices but if they tick that box, they won't see any signatures on any device.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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