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his sons refused to let her see him because they knew that he would die if he (verb see) her.
Can someone explain to me whcih tense should be used for the verb see?
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"... he would die if he saw her."
This is a conditional sentence, with unlikely probability - people do not die from merely glimpsing another's face or appearance. In such constructions, simple past tense is used.
Rather than change my first post, I will say it should be:
he would die if he saw herAs David said, that is quite improbable.
As all sentences and therefore situations have to have real life contexts, isn't it conceivable that this is a reported situation.
I'm not certain that it's really a Type 2 conditional. [then again, I'm not really certain that it isn't.] But, we must remember that the sons knew and if they knew an hour, a day ago, it stands to reason that they know now, today.
Something, some event, had to have come before to precipitate this sentence, this speech,
His sons refused to let her see him because they knew that he would die if he saw her. ,
or it wouldn't ever be/wouldn't ever have been spoken.
Could that something not be,
His sons refuse to let her see him because they know that he will die if he sees her. ?
"I was told that his sons refused to let her see him because they knew that he would die if he saw her."
i was reviewing an old post and i noticed that there is something wrong with it. Actually the situation is probable and it is about tolstoy who was dying in a train station and his sons refused to let his wife see him because they knew he woulddie immediately (he escaped from his wife and died in a train station) so what is teh sentence in this case?