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    When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    "When I was not ill. I had a fixed time to do all the things. I went to the gym every day at 5 AM in those days and if somehow I got late (on any day by chance), I didn't go to the gym (on that day) because I wouldn't be able to lift then".

    Please check. Should I be using simple past or past perfect in my last sentences?

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "When I was not ill​, I had a fixed time to do all the things. In those days, I went to the gym every day at 5 AM in those days and if, somehow for some reason, I got up late (on any day by chance), I didn't go to the gym (on that day) because I wouldn't be able to lift then". (I don't know what you mean by the underlined part.)

    Please check. Should I be using simple past or past perfect in my last sentences?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    You might mean: "I wouldn't have time to lift weights."

    If that's what you're trying to say, the tense you used is fine.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    I wanted to say that what happens with me is, if somehow I get late for the gym I feel that I won't be able to lift weight properly. I mean I just don't feel like exercising or working out on that day but ususally I never get late.

    Charlie, you are saying that I have to use past simple here, right?

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Tufguy, say:

    If I WAS late....

    For example:

    If I was late for the gym I felt that I wouldn't be able to lift weights properly.

    Also say:

    I mean that I just didn't feel like exercising or working out on that day, but I wasn't late very often.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Hello,

    Can I say: "If I got up late, I didn't go to the gym because I was not able to lift weights."

    Regards.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Hello,

    Can I say: "If I got up late, I didn't go to the gym because I was not able to lift weights."
    Yes, of course you can that, but I think you mean:

    If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I didn't have time to lift weights.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes, of course you can that, but I think you mean:

    If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I didn't have time to lift weights.
    What's the difference between these sentences:

    1) If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I didn't have time to lift weights.

    2) If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I wouldn't have time to lift weights.

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    How about Before I fell ill?

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    Re: When I was not ill I had fixed time for every thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    What's the difference between these sentences:

    1) If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I didn't have time to lift weights.

    2) If I got up late I didn't go to the gym because I wouldn't have time to lift weights.
    No difference.

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