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  1. jesson cui's Avatar

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    Cool tense

    If you had possessed a modicum of sense, you would have paused to think before accepting such a dangerous job.

    anyone can explain the tense of this sentence for me? many thanks.

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by jesson cui View Post
    If you had possessed a modicum of sense, you would have paused to think before accepting such a dangerous job.

    anyone can explain the tense of this sentence for me? many thanks.
    Modicum of sense=A small amount of good judgment, especially when it is based on practical ideas or understanding.
    Think of a police officer whose father was killed in action for example. And now his son accepted such a dangerous job. If he had had a small amount of good judgement he would have considered accepting it very carefully.

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    Re: tense

    It's a conditional, the same as If you had studied, you would have passed the test.

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    Re: tense

    present tense though past form is used(if clause third type)

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    Re: tense

    i think i have it. thank everyone for your post.

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