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    Choice of tense following "if"

    What tense should I use following "if"? For examples,

    a) We will visit New York if our parents "approve".
    b) We will visit New York if our parents "approved".

    a) We will take the van if the others "decide" to come with us.
    b) We will take the van if the others "decided" to come with us.

    Sentense a) uses present tense while sentense b) uses past tense.

    Both are events happening in the future but I am not sure if the verb after "if" should be present tense or past tense.

    Could someone tell me the correct answers and explain why.

    Thanks in advance !

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    Re: Choice of tense following "if"

    Quote Originally Posted by chibe_k View Post
    What tense should I use following "if"? For examples,

    a) We will visit New York if our parents "approve".
    b) We will visit New York if our parents "approved".

    a) We will take the van if the others "decide" to come with us.
    b) We will take the van if the others "decided" to come with us.

    Sentense a) uses present tense while sentense b) uses past tense.

    Both are events happening in the future but I am not sure if the verb after "if" should be present tense or past tense.

    Could someone tell me the correct answers and explain why.

    Thanks in advance !
    A sentences are correct. B sentences would be correct if you used "would" in the first part of your sentences.
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 05-Feb-2009 at 22:35.

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    Re: Choice of tense following "if"

    Quote Originally Posted by chibe_k View Post
    What tense should I use following "if"? For examples,

    a) We will visit New York if our parents "approve".
    b) We will visit New York if our parents "approved".

    a) We will take the van if the others "decide" to come with us.
    b) We will take the van if the others "decided" to come with us.

    Sentense a) uses present tense while sentense b) uses past tense.

    Both are events happening in the future but I am not sure if the verb after "if" should be present tense or past tense.

    Could someone tell me the correct answers and explain why.

    Thanks in advance !
    a) sentences are correct.
    b) sentences are not correct because nothing has been approved/decided yet. As you said, the sentences are talking about the future.

    We will viisit New York if our parents (will) approve (it).


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    Re: Choice of tense following "if"

    That helps to clarify my confusion. Thanks again !

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