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    Re: modifying a gerund phrase with an if-clause

    It's the daydream of the milkmaid, not the moral of the story, that the sentences are intended to mimic.

    The whole concept "buying a Rolls Royce if I were megarich" is what sounds so great. It sounds great even though it's improbable or impossible.
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    Re: modifying a gerund phrase with an if-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    Do you think it's correct to modify a gerund phrase with an if-clause?
    I think it could be done if the modifying if-clause within the nominal -ing clause were preceded by even:

    [Buying a Rolls Royce even if you knew you would have very little money left over] would demonstrate true love for that brand of car.

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    Re: modifying a gerund phrase with an if-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    I think it could be done if the modifying if-clause within the nominal -ing clause were preceded by even:

    [Buying a Rolls Royce even if you knew you would have very little money left over] would demonstrate true love for that brand of car.
    Is it possible to use the indicative mood in the main clause of the above sentence?

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    Re: modifying a gerund phrase with an if-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    Is it possible to use the indicative mood in the main clause of the above sentence?
    The sentence is grammatical and natural, if that's what you mean.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: modifying a gerund phrase with an if-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    It's the daydream of the milkmaid, not the moral of the story, that the sentences are intended to mimic.

    The whole concept "buying a Rolls Royce if I were megarich" is what sounds so great. It sounds great even though it's improbable or impossible.
    I only like "megarich" if it's a valley girl saying it. Otherwise, it sounds too valley-girl.

    Does this have to do with your farmer's daughter question?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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