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    Tenses concatenation in the various parts of a period

    First thanks in advance for any help.
    I've a question that interests me a lot.
    I heard that is mistake in English to concatenate the tenses of a phrase between the principal and the secondaries with a kind of "consecutio temporum".
    For instance, the sentences:
    I would drink a glass of water if I were thirsty (doubtfully)
    or
    I will drink a glass of water if I will be thirsty (assertive)

    are wrong. It should be correct to say:
    I would drink a glass of water if I'm thirsty
    and
    I will drink a glass of water if I'm thirsty

    Is this true ? Because in this case I have to keep this in mind when I try to speak, because in Italian is a terrible mistake to do that.
    Thanks for the help.

    Sergio

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    Re: Tenses concatenation in the various parts of a period

    Quote Originally Posted by sbonfiglio View Post
    First, thanks in advance for any help.
    I've a question that interests me a lot.
    I heard that it is a mistake in English to concatenate the tenses of a phrase between the principal and the secondaries with a kind of "consecutio temporum".

    For instance, the sentences:
    I would drink a glass of water if I were thirsty (doubtfully) This is the correct version.
    or
    I will drink a glass of water if I will be thirsty (assertive) This is grammatically incorrect - "if I will be thirsty" is not used.

    are wrong. It should would be correct to say:

    I would drink a glass of water if I'm thirsty This is not natural.
    and
    I will drink a glass of water if I'm thirsty ​This is grammatically correct and natural.

    Is this true? Because in this case If so, I have to keep this in mind when I try to speak (no comma here) because, in Italian, it is a terrible mistake to do that.
    Thanks for the help.

    Sergio
    See my comments and corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Tenses concatenation in the various parts of a period

    I would drink a glass of water if I were thirsty.
    This is an example of the subjunctive mood.
    I am not a teacher.

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