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    #1

    How about leaving "ever" out ?

    Hello everybody,

    Here are two sentences I would like you to check :

    1. If Mary is ever interested in it I will be glad to help her.

    I understand that he/she will help Mary if she would be willing in the future to deal with it,and maybe the sentence in a way imply that Mary is not ready to deal with it in the present for some reason

    2. If Mary is interested in it I will be glad to help her.

    In this sentence I understand that he will help Mary if she is showing interest now, and in a way imply that he is ready to give help from this moment on.

    Is the following sentence about the same as the first sentence above ?

    If Mary would ever be interested in it I will be glad to help her.


    Thanks
    Last edited by velimir; 01-Nov-2007 at 17:41.


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    Re: How about leaving "ever" out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by velimir View Post
    Hello everybody,

    Here are two sentences I would like you to check :

    1. If Mary is ever interested in it I will be glad to help her.

    I understand that he/she will help Mary if she would be willing in the future to deal with it,and maybe the sentence in a way implies that Mary is not ready to deal with it in the present for some reason Or is not aware of something. yes, I think you are right.

    2. If Mary is interested in it I will be glad to help her.

    In this sentence I understand that he will help Mary if she is showing interest now, and in a way implying that he is ready to give help from this moment on. Yes

    Is the following sentence about the same as the first sentence above ? Conceptually yes, with a little more emphasis on the remoteness of the possibility.

    If Mary would ever be interested in it I will be glad to help her.


    Thanks
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    #3

    Re: How about leaving "ever" out ?

    Anglika thank you very much. I have to say that I'm very happy that I was so good at guessing the correct answers.

    Best wishes

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