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    How can I express the past condition

    Dear teachers,

    I know I can say"She said that if it rained, they wouldn't go outside."

    But can I say:

    In the past, if i rained,they wouldn't go outside.

    Does the second one work?
    It will mix with the unreality structure?

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: How can I express the past condition

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    In the past, if it rained,(space)they wouldn't go outside.
    That's fine, with the corrections I have added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    It will Does it mix well with the unreality structure?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How can I express the past condition

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That's fine, with the corrections I have added.
    Thanks so much for your kind help!!!!

    I really appreciate it.

    I think some sentences are alike, here is my context:

    A mother just saw his son playing games at midnight, then she shouted:"Even if you go to school tomorrow, you are still playing!!!!

    Jack is talking about Anna, and he said:"Last Friday, even if she had a meeting the next day, she was still drinking outside. She was always lazy. So she got fired".

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: How can I express the past condition

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    "Even if you go to school tomorrow, you are still playing!!!!
    That doesn't work. It's just about possible with 'Even though you're going ...'.
    "Last Friday, even if she had a meeting the next day, she was still drinking outside ...".
    No. Once again, it's possible with 'even though'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I think some sentences are alike similar. [...]
    A mother just saw his her son
    See my corrections above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That doesn't work. It's just about possible with 'Even though you're going ...'.
    No. Once again, it's possible with 'even though'.

    Thanks so much for your help!!!

    That is my mistake, I mixed "even if" with "even though"

    So what about these two sentences?

    Whatever he ask for the next day, I'm not worried about it.

    Last friday, Whatever he asked for the next day, I was not worried about it.

    Are these two grammatical, sir?

    Really thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Whatever he asks for the next day, I'm not worried about it.

    Last Friday, whatever he asked for the next day, I was not worried about it.
    Note my corrections.

    The first is acceptable. though we don't often need to say such things.

    The second is very unnatural. If we really want to talk about this situation, we'd say something like I wasn't worried last Friday what he would ask for on Saturday.


    We can mix any number of tenses in the same sentence in some contexts, but I think you are try too hard to create mixes. Wait until you have a natural situation that you want to talk about and then check with us.



    Are these two grammatical, sir?
    I appreciate your desire to be polite, but we don't use 'sir' or 'madam' in this forum. We are all members together.

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    Re: How can I express the past condition

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Note my corrections.

    The first is acceptable. though we don't often need to say such things.

    The second is very unnatural. If we really want to talk about this situation, we'd say something like I wasn't worried last Friday what he would ask for on Saturday.


    We can mix any number of tenses in the same sentence in some contexts, but I think you are try too hard to create mixes. Wait until you have a natural situation that you want to talk about and then check with us.



    I appreciate your desire to be polite, but we don't use 'sir' or 'madam' in this forum. We are all members together.
    Dear teacher,

    Thanks so much!

    But it should be grammatical like "if they XXX, they would XXX" right?

    Here is the context:

    Jane is always defiant! She said:"I don't care about the documents asked by Mr. Smith! Whatever he asked for on Saturday, I was not worried about it on Friday."


    In this case, the mood is quite different,right?

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: How can I express the past condition

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post

    Jane is always defiant! She said:"I don't care about the documents asked for by Mr. Smith! Whatever he asked for on Saturday, I was not worried about it on Friday."
    I suppose that's possible, but it's not natural.

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