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    It would be more polite if you referred...

    "It would be more polite if you referred that member as...".
    Here 'refer' must be in past tense.

    But in "It would be more tactful to wait to see if anybody disagrees", "to wait to see if any body disagrees" is in simple tense.

    So can we use simple tenses instead of past tenses after 'would', if we use 'to' ?



    PS: Please correct if there are any errors in the above writing.

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    Re: It would be more polite if you referred...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    "It would be more polite if you referred to that member as...".

    Here, 'refer' must be in the past tense but in "It would be more tactful to wait to see if anybody disagrees", "to wait to see if anybody disagrees" is in simple tense.

    So can we use simple tenses instead of past tenses after 'would', if we use 'to
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    P.S. Please correct if there are any errors in the above. writing.
    We usually use the past tense in "would" + "if" constructions.

    It would be more polite if you referred to ...
    It will be more polite if you refer to ...

    In your second example, there is no "if" aspect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It would be more polite if you referred...

    Thank you. Can I not break the sentence, "Here, 'refer' must be in the past tense but in "It would be more tactful to wait to see if anybody disagrees", "to wait to see if anybody disagrees" is in simple tense "into two by putting a full stop after "past tense" like I did in the original sentence? Would it be odd to do that way? [what difference did using 'would' make here instead of 'is'? Please tell me].



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    Re: It would be more polite if you referred...

    I turned them into one sentence because it effectively said "A uses this construction but B uses this construction". Can you see why that is neater as one sentence, rather than "A uses this construction. But B uses this construction"?
    You might see/hear some people tell you that you can't start a sentence with "But". That's not true, but in your example it was better to create one sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It would be more polite if you referred...

    Thank you. I used 'but' because there was a shift from what the first sentence was telling; it's in somewhat contrast with the first sentence, but disappointed with me that it actually conveyed a different meaning - two different persons telling about two different constructions. Can I not use 'but' to mean the 'shift'?

    P.S. Please correct errors above.

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    Re: It would be more polite if you referred...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    putting a full stop after "past tense" like I did in the original sentence?
    If you want a full stop, I would suggest the following:
    Here, 'refer' must be in the past tense. However, in ...
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