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    could, telling, was

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    I will be obliged if you could help me.
    Could you please explain if this "if you could help me" subjunctive mood?

    No.2
    I ____ them that I think they are making a great mistake.
    a. will b. am telling
    The key is 'a'. But I think 'b' is also possible because we have "they are making". Is that right?

    No.3
    I should very much like to go to the party but_______.
    a. I have not been invited b. I was not invited
    The key is 'a'. But I think 'b' is also possible. Or if it is the sentence should be "I should have very much like to go to the party but I was not invited" which suggest something happened in the past?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: could, telling, was

    No.1
    It's a polite request using conditional-if.

    No.2
    I am telling them that ...

    => It's possible not because of parallel BE + making, but, rather, because it expresses present progressive; e.g.,:

    Sam: (interrupting Pat who is speaking to a group of people) What are you saying to them in French?
    Pat: I'm telling them that ... .

    No.3
    I should very much like to go to the party but_______.

    a. I have not been invited Standard English
    b. I was not invited USA variant

    Note, the present perfect is merging to the simple past in American English.

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