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    #1

    If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Is it possible to use the first conditional in the past tense? For example,

    If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    (My sentence)

    What do you think?

    By the way, should I use the or a in "Is it possible to use the first conditional in [ ] past tense?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 21-Oct-2019 at 14:55.
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    #2

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Your sentence is OK. My advice is to [almost] always use the definite article before the names of tenses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Thank you, emsr2d2.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My advice is to [almost] always use the definite article before the names of tenses.
    Could you tell me the reason? I can't tell the difference between
    "in the past tense" and "in a past tense".
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    #4

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Your sentence is fine.

    (It's not 'the first conditional in the past tense', but that doesn't matter.)

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    #5

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post

    (It's not 'the first conditional in the past tense', but that doesn't matter.)
    Thank you, jutfrank.

    What do you call a sentence like this one?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 22-Oct-2019 at 03:31. Reason: improve a sentence
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    #6

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Call it a real past conditional.

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    #7

    Re: If I said something to offend your sister, I apologize.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I can't tell the difference between "in the past tense" and "in a past tense".
    Use the definite article when you're referring to a specific past tense. Use the indefinite article to refer to any of a number of past tenses.
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