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    Smile If it ever became/If it ever becomes...

    Greetings!

    I just wish to clarify my doubts in the following sentence:

    If it ever became necessary, Jobs surely believes that Apple could create their own replacements for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    I've got this from a blog post and kinda a bit confused as to whether
    "If it ever becomes..." is more suitable in the sentence.

    Thank you in advance!

    Cheers,
    Celest


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    Re: If it ever became/If it ever becomes...

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Greetings!

    I just wish to clarify my doubts in the following sentence:

    If it ever became necessary, Jobs surely believes that Apple could create their own replacements for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    I've got this from a blog post and kinda a bit confused as to whether
    "If it ever becomes..." is more suitable in the sentence.

    Thank you in advance!

    Cheers,
    Celest
    No, it's correct.
    Unreal condition: If it ever became necessary.
    Unreal consequence: Apple could create their own replacement ...

    However, we can transform this hypothetical situation into a real one:
    If it ever becomes necessary, Apple can create their own replacement ...

    I understand the enclosed principal clause may have misguided you. Let me change the clause order for clarity: Jobs surely believes that if it ever became necessary, Apple could create ...

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