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My friend, on 27th Jan, asked me to join him in a party that is going to take place on 29th jan. Then, which of the following sentences are correct and why?
it would be cool if we went together
it would be cool if we go together
I believe second sentence should be correct. However, many a time, I observed in lot of English movies that they use past tense verb like in the case of above sentence i.e, 'went'. could any of you please explain the logic?
Thanks for your help
The fact is that both are used.
The difference, if any, is that "we go" is more optimistic about the possibility, whereas "we went" is a bit tentative.
"If we go" implies [and we can/will]
"If we went" implies [but we're not going OR but that's really just a hypothetical idea]. Formally it's a subjunctive, but except for "if I/he were", very few people think of it that way nowadays.
Of course, as Sarat_106 has pointed out, the sentence with "if we go" should continue "it will be cool", but chat is chat. The fine points aren't followed.
Last edited by abaka; 28-Jan-2009 at 05:35. Reason: wording