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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    If you hadn't said to someone else, how would Susan know my going to America?

    Let's say I tell Tom my going to America and say "Don't say to someone else." Then, Susan tells me my going to America. Then, I say to Tom "Why did you say my secret to someone else?" and he says "I didn't say to someone else." In this case, can I say "If you hadn't said to someone else, how would Susan know my going to America?"

    If if clause includes "past to present conditional" and "question", must I use "would" in the queston part? In other words, even if if clause includes question, must I still obey "past to present conditonal rules"?

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    Re: If you hadn't said to someone else, how would Susan know my going to America?

    You've written 50 posts and asked many questions and yet, you still refuse to click Thank/Like in appreciation of our help. Give me one good reason for us to continue to help you.

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    Re: If you hadn't said to someone else, how would Susan know my going to America?

    Correction: ringu gave one like after reading my post #19 here, teechar, but your comment is still pertinent.

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    #4

    Re: If you hadn't said to someone else, how would Susan know my going to America?

    You can best express your thought with either of the following:

    If you didn't tell anyone, then how does Susan know?
    If you didn't tell anyone, then how come Susan knows?


    Since it is a present fact that Susan knows, present simple is appropriate in the question clause. The condition clause (the 'if' clause) also assumes a factual past event (even though it is being disputed) so the past simple is appropriate.


    (You can thank me, and everyone else, when you're ready.)

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