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    If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    ...food made from animals.

    Which is it: EAT or ATE?

    And why?


    Thank you,

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    ate

    The pattern is:

    I would do this before I did that.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    Ate. Perhaps one of our teachers can help with the "why" part; I can only say that the simple past is the only natural choice in your sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    I think your post would read better if you changed the italics:

    I would do this before I did that.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    That's a new one for me, but thank you all the same.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    It wasn't meant to be rude.

    It's okay. I'll try to work it out on my own. Thanks all the same.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Perhaps one of our teachers can help with the "why" part
    No teacher has explained why, so this learner has to figure out why.
    The 'before' clause is part of the second conditional sentence, so 'ate' should be used.
    However, in the following second conditional, 'love' can be used.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'What would you think if I told you I still love you (now)?'
    Why can the simple present be used in the above sentence but not in the OP's sentence?
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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    The use of the past simple "ate" is more appropriate because it casts the action into a theoretical/distant/unlikely scenario.

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    Quote Originally Posted by donnach View Post
    I think your post would read better if you changed the italics:

    I would do this before I did that.
    Guess who is going on "Ignore"?

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    Re: If I were you, I would research animal agriculture before I eat/ate any more...

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    The use of the past simple "ate" is more appropriate because it casts the action into a theoretical/distant/unlikely scenario.
    The following is in the same construction, but the action 'come' is a fact rather than a theoretical/distant/unlikely scenario.
    If I were you, I would leave before he comes/came.

    Which is correct, 'comes' or 'came'?
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