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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    I'm doing an exercise from a widely known grammar book called "A Practical English Grammar. Exercises 2" by Martinet and Thomson and I've come across several interesting sentences about conditionals in which I made mistakes.

    (At the cinema)
    Ann: Don't worry. They get married in the end.
    Mary: Then you've seen it before! If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else.

    The only words that we can actually fill the gaps with are "had told" and "would have gone" or "could have gone" (and they're correct). But I do not quite understand the meaning of this conversation. Especially I do not understand the bold part. Is it a specific way you show your irritation and
    dissatisfaction ? I mean the structure "If you + the past perfect, we "would have + part participle".

    Where are grammar experts ?

    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    Using the third conditional in this way is one way of expressing annoyance or regret.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 26-Feb-2016 at 13:13. Reason: Correct small typo.

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    #3

    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    I didn't read it that way. Mary could be saying, "Oh, I didn't know you'd seen it before. If I'd known that, I would have suggested a different movie, and not dragged you along to this one." That is, she isn't necessarily irritated.

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    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That is, she isn't necessarily irritated.
    But Piscean's answer above did say "or regret."
    Or, am I missing something here?

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    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

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    Or, am I missing something here?
    No. I had hoped I had covered that.

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    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'm doing an exercise from a widely known grammar book called "A Practical English Grammar. Exercises 2" by Martinet and Thomson and I've come across several interesting sentences about conditionals in which I made mistakes.

    (At the cinema)
    Ann: Don't worry. They get married in the end.
    Mary: Then you've seen it before! If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else.

    The only words that we can actually fill the gaps with are "had told" and "would have gone" or "could have gone" (and they're correct). But I do not quite understand the meaning of this conversation. Especially I do not understand the bold part. Is it a specific way you show your irritation and
    dissatisfaction ? I mean the structure "If you + the past perfect, we "would have + part participle".

    Where are grammar experts ?

    Have you made a mistake in what you've written? Should it say 'somewhere', not 'something'?
    I'm a native English speaker - Not a teacher. UTB.

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    #7

    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    No. 'Something' is fine for 'another film/play/etc'.

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    #8

    Re: If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. I had hoped I had covered that.
    I was replying to Boris, not questioning your answer.

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