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    #1

    If you (present verb), you would ...

    jutfrank:

    If you use the article a, you would be using Wade Watts as a countable noun.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1592607

    Charlie Bernstein:

    If you think the subject is hero, then the and an would both make sense.

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    a. If you use the article a, you would be using ...

    b.If you use the article a, you will be using ...

    c. If you used the article a, you would be using ...

    What different effects exist between these three? I am asking this question because (a), the mixed construction, is more confusing.
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    #2

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    . . .

    a. If you use the article a, you would be using ...

    b.If you use the article a, you will be using ...

    c. If you used the article a, you would be using ...

    What different effects exist between these three? I am asking this question because (a), the mixed construction, is more confusing.
    They're all natural, and for practical purposes they mean the same thing.

    I like B and C more than A. To me, A is a little mixed up, B means that you might say "a," and C is explaining why you shouldn't.

    But I'm not a grammarian, so don't trust me. Let's let one of them tackle it.
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    #3

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...


    Thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I like B and C more than A.

    Interestingly, you also used a mixed construction in your sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Charlie Bernstein:

    If you think the subject is hero, then the and an would both make sense.
    Last edited by kadioguy; 04-May-2020 at 14:49.
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    #4

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post

    a. If you use the article a, you would be using ...

    b.If you use the article a, you will be using ...

    c. If you used the article a, you would be using ...
    Forget about a. I had no good reason to mix it like that.

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    #5

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...


    Hi,
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    If you don't mind, could you please also tell me about your mixed construction in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
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    If you think the subject is hero, then the and an would both make sense.
    Last edited by kadioguy; 04-May-2020 at 17:33.
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    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Forget about a. I had no good reason to mix it like that.
    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post

    Hi,
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    If you don't mind, could you please also tell me about your mixed construction in this sentence?

    I assume that this kind of mixed construction is very natural for native speakers to use, although they may have another idea when seeing it for the second time, as in post #4.

    What do you think?
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    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I assume that this kind of mixed construction is very natural for native speakers to use, although they may have another idea when seeing it for the second time, as in post #4.

    What do you think?
    Hi, members.

    Can we say that this kind of mixed construction is a little mixed up, but it's very natural for native speakers to use, and its meaning is between real and unreal?

    What do you think about my opinion?
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    #8

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Hi, members.

    Can we say that this kind of mixed construction is a little mixed up, but it's very natural for native speakers to use, and its meaning is between real and unreal?
    I asked this question because this use is confusing to learners. I tried to give my explanation for it. Could someone give your opinion?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 25-May-2020 at 03:59. Reason: changed "confusing for" to "confusing to"
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    #9

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post

    Hi,
    Charlie Bernstein.

    If you don't mind, could you please also tell me about your mixed construction in this sentence?

    My mistake!
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    #10

    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    My mistake!
    I think that this kind of mixed construction is a little mixed up, but it's natural for native speakers to use, and its meaning is between real and unreal.

    That's my opinion. What do you think?
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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