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    #1

    Thumbs up if i were to...........

    can someone help me with this:

    can i use "were to" in past sense?
    if so, will it be right to say: if he were to give me my money back, he would have given last month?


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    Re: if i were to...........

    It is possible to use were to (or more specifically were + full infinitive) in type 2 conditionals.

    If + were +infinitive +would +bare infinitive.

    If he were to give me my money back, I would come with you.


    A type 3 conditional is the more suitable choice for your proposed sentence, however you need to specify exactly when you should have received your money.

    If + past perfect + would + have + past participle

    If he had paid me on the agreed date, I would have had the money last month.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: if i were to...........

    - although not everyone is happy about all these numbers.

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos View Post
    can someone help me with this:

    can i use "were to" in past sense?
    if so, will it be right to say: if he were to give me my money back, he would have given last month?
    I think the meaning you're after is

    "If he had been going to/If he had meant to give me my money back, he would have given me it last month."

    I am a teacher, but I couldn't swear that this was "type 3"!

    b

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    Re: if i were to...........

    right,that form is used in conditional forms (i.e, moods of the verbs)

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