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    #1

    said vs say

    Which one is correct, please:

    If I said bla-bla-bla, would you think I am crazy?

    If I say bla-bla-bla, would you think I am crazy?

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    #2

    Re: said vs say

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Which one is correct, please:

    If I said bla-bla-bla, would you think I am crazy?

    If I say bla-bla-bla, would you think I am crazy?

    Thanks.
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    If I said bla-bla-bla, would you think I am crazy? OR

    If I say bla-bla-bla, will you think I am crazy?

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    #3

    Re: said vs say

    Better not to mix the tenses, stick to the present tense - 2nd sentence preferred.

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    #4

    Re: said vs say

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Better not to mix the tenses, stick to the present tense - 2nd sentence preferred.

    Preferred? Why? The first sentence is very common, even in a fairly well-known song: "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" That construction is not mixing tenses, is it? I thought they were both conditional

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    #5

    Re: said vs say

    You are right too stuartnz, both are conditional.
    I think the difference is in 'the likelihood'.
    I am not so sure you should change the 'would' to 'will'.
    Let's wait for the teachers.

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    #6
    If I said, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I am crazy?
    If I said, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I was crazy?
    If I say, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I am crazy?

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    If I said ... , would you be ...
    If I said ... , would you hold ...
    If I said ... , would you think (that) I was ...

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    Re: said vs say

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    If I said, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I am crazy?
    If I said, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I was crazy?
    If I say, "Bla-bla-bla", would you think I am crazy?

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    If I said ... , would you be ...
    If I said ... , would you hold ...
    If I said ... , would you think (that) I was ...
    Thank you soup for the clarifications. I think in the 2nd sentence, since the verb of the if clause 'say' is in the present simple, the verb used in the main clause 'would' instead of 'will', may perhaps be optional. What do you say?

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    Re: said vs say

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    Thank you soup for the clarifications. I think in the 2nd sentence, since the verb of the if clause 'say' is in the present simple, the verb used in the main clause 'would' instead of 'will', may perhaps be optional. What do you say?
    Conditional
    If I do (this), will you do (that)?
    If I do (this), would you do (that)? <modality>

    If I did (this), will you do that?
    If I did (this), would you do that?

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    #9

    Re: said vs say

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" That construction is not mixing tenses, is it? I thought they were both conditional
    Your example differs from the one under discussion:

    If I said ... , would you think + clause
    If I said ... , would you hold + direct object

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