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    were/would

    1. If I were more forgetful, I would write 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'

    2. If I had been more forgetful, I would have written 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'

    If the first sentence correct or should I use the second sentence? Is there a difference in meaning between the two sentences?


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    Re: were/would

    To be quite honest, both sentences make no sense to me at all. I think it is your use of "forgetful" which is wrong - "careless" is a better word for this purpose. If rephrased this way, then I would use "might" in the first example; the second would be fine.

    1. If I were more careless, I might write 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'

    2. If I had been more careless, I would have written 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'

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    Re: were/would

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    To be quite honest, both sentences make no sense to me at all. I think it is your use of "forgetful" which is wrong - "careless" is a better word for this purpose. If rephrased this way, then I would use "might" in the first example; the second would be fine.

    1. If I were more careless, I might write 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'

    2. If I had been more careless, I would have written 'Young Man the the Sea' instead of 'Old Man and the Sea.'
    Hi Anglika

    Thanks for your reply.

    What I mean is that I had forgotten that the title of the book is 'Old Man and the Sea', and so wrote 'Young Man and the Sea'. It was not because I was careless, but because I had forgotten the correct title of the book.

    With the above information, do the sentences make sense?

    Thanks once again.


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    Re: were/would

    On the basis that you had forgotten the title, then the use of "if" is wrong. "Because I was forgetful, I wrote..." OR "Because I am forgetful, I might/could have written..."

    The conditionals you have used don't fit into your context, which seems to be a direct statement of cause and effect.

    nb{The Old Man and the Sea]

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    Re: were/would

    Thanks, Anglika.

    Yes "The Old Man and the Sea'. Thanks, too.

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