Student or Learner
I found the usage of 'if only' difficult.
a. If only one had an unlimited supply of money!
Can I say : If only one would have an unlimited supply of money!
b. If only they were still alive!
Can I say: If only they would still be alive!
c. If only the committee would approve the regulations and put them into effect.
Can I say: If only the committee approved the regulations and put them into effect.
If I can then could you please kindly explain the difference between the two patterns?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
a. If only one had an unlimited supply of money ... but one hasn't and there's nothing one can do about it.
b. If only they were still alive ... but they're not, they're dead.
(c) is another matter. The speaker hopes her wish will come true and knows that this is not impossible. The use of would here conveys this meaning.