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    Is this sentence correct?

    Hi friends,
    May I know whether the following sentence is gramatically correct.

    -If he didn't come tomorrow, we would have been in real trouble.

    Cheers
    Udara


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi friends,
    May I know whether the following sentence is gramatically correct.

    -If he didn't come tomorrow, we would have been in real trouble.

    Cheers
    Udara
    If he did not come tomorrow, we would be in real trouble.


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Hi Svartnik
    Many thank for the prompt reply.
    But, is my sentence incorrect, because I thought we can use "would have+PP
    with conditional type 2, please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Cheers
    Udara

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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi friends,
    May I know whether the following sentence is gramatically correct.

    -If he didn't come tomorrow, we would have been in real trouble.

    Cheers
    Udara
    The correct way to say it is:
    If he doesn't come tomorrow we'll be in real trouble.


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    The correct way to say it is:
    If he doesn't come tomorrow we'll be in real trouble.
    Privet Harry

    It is correct to say, (I)f he did not come tomorrow, we would be in trouble.
    If it were true that he is not coming tomorrow, then we would be in trouble.

    If he didn't come tomorrow, we would have been in real trouble.
    This sentence is incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Privet Harry

    It is correct to say, (I)f he did not come tomorrow, we would be in trouble.
    If it were true that he is not coming tomorrow, then we would be in trouble.

    If he didn't come tomorrow, we would have been in real trouble.
    This sentence is incorrect.
    Privet Svartnik!
    I just wanted to talk to you. Haven't heard from you for ages. How are you?
    Both sentences are correct. Only my sentence expresses real condition, yours not.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    It is correct to say, (I)f he did not come tomorrow, we would be in trouble.
    It's ungrammatical. The timing is off. The adverb tomorrow (future) modifies a past tense verb, did.

    Try, If he hadn't come today, we would have been in real trouble.

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    #8

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    The correct way to say it is:
    If he doesn't come tomorrow we'll be in real trouble.
    I agree with this one. The other one makes no sense to me.

    ~R

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    i think it is uncorrect
    we have to say this:
    if he had not came tommorw , we would have been in real trouble
    cos this kind of scentences are imposible so we use this tens

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Welcome, pirate.

    Past Perfect: had + past participle
    If he had not came ...
    If he had not come ...

    Timing
    If he had not come tomorrow ...
    If he had not come today ...

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    Correction
    because, not cos
    this kind of sentence is impossible <subject-verb agreement>
    tense, not tens

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