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    Bob saw a new iPhone

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Bob saw a new iPhone and his fingers tingled. He promised himself he was going to buy it even if he would starve in the coming months.

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    Re: Bob saw a new iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Bob saw the new iPhone and his fingers started tingling. He promised himself he was going to would buy it even if he would was going to starve in the coming for the next couple of months.
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    Re: Bob saw a new iPhone

    teechar,

    Thank you,
    I see I still mix "would" and "was going", and this is my weak point. I believe they are sometimes interchangeable, but it is difficult to know in which cases.

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    Re: Bob saw a new iPhone

    I'd write even if he had to starve.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Bob saw a new iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I see I still mix "would" and "was going", and this is my weak point. I believe they are sometimes interchangeable, but it is difficult to know in which cases.
    Yes, it depends on the sentence. Generally speaking, "would" is more tentative. To me, "promised he would" is more natural than "promised he was going to". However, check out the following ngrams; they may be telling a story.

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...g%20to%3B%2Cc0

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...g%20to%3B%2Cc0

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    Re: Bob saw a new iPhone

    I'd probably use "... even if it meant starving in the coming months".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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