Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1,860
    #1

    ''if I do''

    I'll try to find a ticket to Montreal today.
    it's too short notice and I'm not sure I'll be successful. I think I won't.
    However, if I do, I'll have to be back on Sunday.


    hi,
    what is wrong with this text, please? should I say "if I find"?
    thanks.


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 810
    #2

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post

    I'll try to find a ticket to Montreal today.

    I get the feeling
    it's too short notice and I'm not sure I'll be successful. I don't think I will.

    However, if I do (this is fine, it's clear from the context that it is short for "if I do find a ticket"), I'll have to be back on Sunday.


    hi,
    what is wrong with this text, please? should I say "if I find"?
    thanks.

    I am not a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #3

    Re: ''if I do''

    It may be that "if I am" was required, i.e.

    1. I'm not sure I'll be successful. I think I won't [be successful].
    However, if I am [successful], I'll...

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1,860
    #4

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post

    I am not a teacher.
    thanks!

    replacing "I think I won't" by "I don't think I will" would be mandatory? is the first one definitely a bad choice?

    thanks again.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1,860
    #5

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    It may be that "if I am" was required, i.e.

    1. I'm not sure I'll be successful. I think I won't [be successful].
    However, if I am [successful], I'll...

    MrP
    that's precisely the doubt I have.
    thanks.

  1. stuartnz's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • New Zealand

    • Join Date: Mar 2008
    • Posts: 1,370
    #6

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    It may be that "if I am" was required, i.e.

    1. I'm not sure I'll be successful. I think I won't [be successful].
    However, if I am [successful], I'll...

    MrP
    I'm not a professional teacher either, but I agree with this post. "If I am" seems to fit better here, for the reasons outlined above.


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 810
    #7

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks!

    replacing "I think I won't" by "I don't think I will" would be mandatory? is the first one definitely a bad choice?

    thanks again.
    I'm not sure if it's a "bad" choice, but I would naturally choose the one I suggested.

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    that's precisely the doubt I have.
    thanks.
    Yes. "if I am" is much better. I didn't think it through carefully enough.

    If it were

    I'll try to find a ticket to Montreal today. If I do, I'll have to be back.....

    if I do would (obviously) be appropriate.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #8

    Re: ''if I do''

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I'm not sure if it's a "bad" choice, but I would naturally choose the one I suggested.
    Yes, I would probably make the same change.

    "I think I won't" might be used for special emphasis, I would say, e.g. to suggest a change of mind; but "I don't think I'll" would be the usual version.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •