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    #1

    If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    If I were in a big city, I would get a job by now.
    If were in a big city, I would have got a job by now.

    My daughter asked me which sentence is correct.

    I think it is the first one. Am I correct? Please tell if I am correct? And why? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    I think the second is correct. It is called a mixed conditional.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Are you asking us to do your daughter's homework for her, Tan Elaine?

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    #4

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Are you asking us to do your daughter's homework for her, Tan Elaine?
    No. There will be several questions if I am doing homework for her. Her friend showed the sentences and asked if she knew the answer. She didn't know. Neither do I. That's the reason for posting the question.

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    #5

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    If I were in a big city, I would have got/found a job by now.
    If ( were in a big city, I would have a job by now.

    Those work.

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    #6

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    No. There will be several questions if I am doing homework for her.
    Does that mean you intend to ask several questions in future when you are helping her with her homework?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Does that mean you intend to ask several questions in future when you are helping her with her homework?
    I don't intend to. She can cope well with her English schoolwork. She always refers to her teacher regarding English homework problems. On rare occasions will she ask me questions not related to her schoolwork which puzzle her. As my command of English is not high, I usually cannot give her the correct advice; hence the need to ask members on this forum. And I am glad that so far all the native speakers have been helpful. Thanks to all of you.

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    #8

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Read more answers here.

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    #9

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Quite a lot of people post the same question in a number of ESL forums. The logic behind doing this is clear- you should be able to access a wider selection fof views and opinions and get better answers. However, things don't always work out the way people think and this process can lead to objections from the people answering.
    Firstly, the world of forums about the English language is limited, so many people answer questions in a number of forums. They get tired of seeing the same question over and over again. Many of the questions that are posted simultaneously in a number of forums are basic questions of fact, which means they don't require a lot of answers.
    I can see why people want to post in a number of forums, but I would suggest that you don't do it simultaneously- post in one, see what answers you get and then think about posting in another. Also, don't post questions that have a single answer in more than one place. If you follow these simple steps, you'll get better answers from a broader and more friendly base than if you simply slap the same question in ten places in the space of ten minutes and hope for the best.

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    #10

    Re: If I were in a big city, I would get / would have got a job by now.

    Note: I am not a teacher.

    The present perfect form of "to get" differs between British and American English:

    BE: "If I were in a big city, I would have got a job by now."
    AE: "If I were in a big city, I would have gotten a job by now."

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