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    Post plz tell me??

    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines. And the use of both.
    1,,,,,,,If i knew, i would tell u.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    2,,,,,,,If u had known, I would have told you,,,,,,,,,,

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    Re: plz tell me??

    [quote=sonia123;444919]Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines. And the use of both.
    1,,,,,,,If I knew, i would tell you.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    2,,,,,,,If you had known, I would have told you,,,,,,,,,, This doesn't make sense, why would I have told you if you already knew?

    Bhai.

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    Re: plz tell me??

    Quote Originally Posted by sonia123 View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines. And the use of both.
    1,,,,,,,If i knew, i would tell u.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    2,,,,,,,If u had known, I would have told you,,,,,,,,,,

    Yeap, I think you made a mistake writing/copying that second one. I think you meant "If I had known"...

    so ..

    1) If I knew, I would tell you.... (now/near future)

    The problem is, I don't know so I can't tell you.
    It's a hypothetical situation.

    ie;
    If I were taller, I would play basketball (but im not so I don't)

    If I lived in Brazil, I would be on the beach now (but I don't so I'm not)




    2) If I had known, I would have told you... (past)

    The problem was I didn't know and that's why I couldn't tell you.
    It's a hypothetical situation in the past.

    ie;
    If I had studied, I would have passed. (but I didn't and so didn't pass)

    If we had left earlier, we wouldn't have been late (but we didn't leave earlier and so we were late!)


    These are (1) Second and (2) Third conditionals so you might want to look them up to check.

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    Re: plz tell me??

    Quote Originally Posted by sonia123 View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines and the use of both?

    1 If I knew, I would tell you. Good. This makes sense. You can't tell because you don't know.

    2 If you had known, I would have told you. Bad. This doesn't make sense. If I'd known, you wouldn't have needed to tell me.
    Please tell me why you write plz, i, and u instead of please, I, and you!

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    Re: plz tell me??

    I think it was a typo and sonia pressed u instead of I.


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    Post tell me plzzzzzzzzzz

    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines. And the use of both.
    1,,,,,,,If i knew, i would tell u.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    2,,,,,,,If u had known, I would have told you,,,,,,,,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonia123 View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between these two lines. And the use of both.
    1,,,,,,,If I knew, i would tell u.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    2,,,,,,,If I had known, I would have told you,,,,,,,,,,
    The first one means, I won't tell you because I don't know (now).
    The second one means, I couldn't tell you because I didn't know (then).

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    Re: tell me plzzzzzzzzzz

    1. If I knew the email address, I would give it to you

    It is possble but unlikely that the condition will be fulfiled



    2.If I had known the email address, I would have given it to you.

    It is impossible that the condition will be fullfilled because it refers to the past


    Hope this helps.

    I am neither a teacher nor an expert.


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    Post Plz tell me the difference between these?

    Hi,
    Can anyone plz tell me the difference between these following:
    1......What would have i told him,,,,,,,,or,,,,,what would i tell him?
    2......had she not helped us, we would not be able to unmask him..........
    had she not helped us, we would not have been able to unmask him?
    3.......If i had known, i would have told you,,,,,,,,,,if i knew, i would tell u?
    4.......if i had heard the weather report, i would have taken an umbrella......
    ((i know that the first one is correct but still i have a doubt that why i cannot use this in this way: if i had heard the weather report, i would take umbrella ?)

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    Re: Plz tell me the difference between these?

    Quote Originally Posted by sonia123 View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone plz tell me the difference between these following:
    1......What would have i told him,,,,,,,,or,,,,,what would i tell him? 'Would' is conditional, so 'What would I have told him if I had seen him yesterday?' Past, unreal situation; you didn't see him yesterday, you didn't tell him anything. 'What would I tell him if I were to see him tomorrow?' Present with future indication; You might see him tomorrow, you are asking yourself what you would tell him should that happen.
    2......had she not helped us, we would not be able to unmask him.......... If she had not helped us in the past, we would not be able to unmask him in the future.
    had she not helped us, we would not have been able to unmask him? If she had not helped us in the past, we wouldn't have been able to unmask him in the past.
    3.......If i had known, i would have told you,,,,,,,,,,if i knew, i would tell u? If I had known in the past, I would have told you in the past. If I knew now, I would tell you now.
    4.......if i had heard the weather report, i would have taken an umbrella...... If I had known before that it was going to rain, I would have taken an umbrella and I wouldn't have got wet.
    ((i know that the first one is correct but still i have a doubt that why i cannot use this in this way: if i had heard the weather report, i would take umbrella ?) If I had known before that it was going to rain, I would take an umbrella with me now. This is illogical. Why?
    Bhai.

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