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    #1

    if

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    1. If you work hard, you could make great money.
    2. If you worked hard, you could make great money.


    • Join Date: May 2007
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    #2

    Post Re: if

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    1. If you work hard, you could make great money.
    2. If you worked hard, you could make great money.
    In my opinion...the first one express something general and the second one means that if you would have worked hard >>in the past<<you could make great money. Not a teacher actually...


    • Join Date: Jun 2007
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    #3

    Re: if

    Hi wow & Carmenn,

    The first sentence is Conditional type one.
    -If you work hard, you could make great money. This refers to future. We can say this to somebody who is likely to work hard to mean that there is a real possibility for him or her to make great money if the condition is met (ie working hard).

    The second sentence is Conditional type two.
    -If you worked hard, you could make great money. This refer to future too,but what is said is unlikely to happen, that is, this can be said to somebody who is rather lazy and unlikely to work hard.

    Refer ARTICLES- ENGLISH USAGE ARTICLES- CONDITIONALS in this site.

    Happy Learning!

    Cheers
    Udara


    • Join Date: May 2007
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    #4

    Post Re: if

    Whoops ...i was definitely wrong. Thanks for your reply Udara and for wishing us ''Happy learning'' because we really need that, at least i do.

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