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    #11

    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.
    Last edited by raymondaliasapollyon; 31-Jul-2020 at 03:55.

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    #12

    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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    #13

    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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