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    Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Hello everybody!

    Please have a look at the following text.

    I have taken an online English course which I found useful. However, there are only very participants. I just wonder why there are only very few people who have taken the course. If there are more people to study together, there will be lots of fun.
    On ABC’s website, you can find some online courses. You may take a course to study to spend your free time. I know many people here have to work, I also have to find a job, but we may also take a course to study.
    By the way, good luck to all of you.

    Are there any grammar problems on the above text? Also, please see the red colored sentence. I just wonder if I should say “If there were more people to study together, there would be lots of fun.” where 2nd conditional tense should be used instead of 1st conditional tense. Am I right?

    Please could anyone give me some advice? Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Quote Originally Posted by chocobo View Post
    Hello everybody!

    Please have a look at the following text.

    I have taken an online English course which I found useful. However, there are were only very a few participants. I just wonder why. there are only very few people who have taken the course. If there are had been more people to study together, there will be it would have been lots of fun.

    On ABC’s website, you can find some online courses to take in your free time. You may take a course to study to spend your free time. I know many people here have to work. I also have to find a job (no comma here) but we may also take a course I find the time to study.
    By the way, good luck to all of you.

    Are there any grammar problems on in the above text?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    If there were more people would be the subjunctive mood, not the conditional.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    If there were more people would be the subjunctive mood, not the conditional.
    In an exercise book I had read, it was said that "When the situation or event in the if-clause is improbable or unreal, the verb in the if-clause is in the past tense and 'would' is used in the main clause. This type of conditional refers to the present or future."
    e.g. If I had a calculator, I would lend it to you. (But I haven't got a calculator)
    Now, I write “If there were more people to study together, there would be lots of fun.” (But there are only few people who have taken this course, so...) Sorry, the course is not finished. It is progressing.
    So, am I writing above correct?

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    Thank you very much for your concise writing!

    However, the online English course is not finished and it is progressing. So, should I write “If there were more people to study together, there would be lots of fun.” where 2nd conditional tense should be used instead of 3rd conditional tense. Am I right?

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    You wrote "I have taken an online English course ...". The use of the present perfect indicates that that action (and therefore the course) is over. If the course is ongoing, you should have used the present continuous, "I am taking an online English course ...".

    If there were more people studying together, it would be lots of fun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Try not to confuse the words tense (past, present, (simple, progressive, perfect) and mood (indicative, subjunctive) chocobo. Conditional is a type of sentence, not a mood or tense.

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    Re: Grammar question --- the use of conditional tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Try not to confuse the words tense (past, present, (simple, progressive, perfect) and mood (indicative, subjunctive) chocobo. Conditional is a type of sentence, not a mood or tense.
    Maybe my grammar is not good enough yet. I haven't learnt what "indicative/subjunctive" mood is. My teachers before had never taught me about this. While my online grammar course is progressing, I will try to learn something about the mood of English. Thank you for your advice anyway

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