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    #1

    Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    A: Atleast taste it.
    B: I am fasting. Even if it was my favourite dish I wouldn't be eating it.

    Is the B's sentence correct? Shouldn't it have been "I wouldn't eat it"? Isn't "Even if this had been my favourite dish, I wouldn't be eating it" more correct? Which sounds correct colloquially?


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    #2

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    It's okay as written or with the present simple.
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    #3

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    Isn't "Even if this had been my favourite dish, I wouldn't be eating it" more correct? Which sounds more correct colloquially?
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    #4

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    The version with "I wouldn't be eating it" sounds more conversational and less formal. Either version sounds natural to me in a conversational register.
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    #5

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Isn't "Even if this had been my favourite dish, I wouldn't be eating it" more correct? Which sounds more correct colloquially?
    "If this had been my favorite dish" doesn't work in your case. Stick to "if this was my favorite dish".

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    #6

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    Or everyone's favourite (the subjunctive), "Even if this were my favourite dish ...".

    Note that in post #1, "At least" should be two words.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    '"If this had been my favorite dish" doesn't work in your case. Stick to "if this was my favorite dish".'

    Could you please tell me why it doesn't work?
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    #8

    Re: Even if this had been my favourite dish.....

    It is possible. Even if this had been my faVourite dish (at some time in the past), I wouldn't be eating it now.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Apr-2017 at 08:04.

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