# Thread: Need your help

1. ## Need your help

Hello!

If he had been looking where he was going, he wouldn't have walked into the wall. The sentence is in the past tense.

I want to change it into the present tense.

Thanks.

2. ## Re: Need your help

Originally Posted by greegorush
Hello!

If he had been looking where he was going, he wouldn't have walked into the wall. The sentence is in the past tense.

I want to change it into the present tense.

Thanks.
Hi greegorush - think about how you can change the tenses:

If he had been looking - this is past perfect continuous/progressive so you need to change itto present continuous/progressive.

... where he was going - past continuous to present continuous

He wouldn't have walked - a perfect modal for speculation about the past , change to present

So, the result will be:
If he is looking where he is going, he won't walk into the wall.

3. ## Re: Need your help

Originally Posted by jaykaylam
Hi greegorush - think about how you can change the tenses:

If he had been looking - this is past perfect continuous/progressive so you need to change itto present continuous/progressive.

... where he was going - past continuous to present continuous

He wouldn't have walked - a perfect modal for speculation about the past , change to present

So, the result will be:
If he is looking where he is going, he won't walk into the wall.
Thanks a lot!

Could we use the past tense "looked" (If he looked where...) to match the rule If I knew\had known; I wish I knew\had known.

4. ## Re: Need your help

Originally Posted by greegorush
Thanks a lot!

Could we use the past tense "looked" (If he looked where...) to match the rule If I knew\had known; I wish I knew\had known.
Absolutely.

5. ## Re: Need your help

Can we say the sentence this way?

If he looks where he goes, he won'twalk in to the wall?

6. ## Re: Need your help

Originally Posted by maral55
Can we say the sentence this way?

If he looks where he goes, he won'twalk in to the wall?
Hmm. I'd have to say yes, but it is now starting to sound unnatural. Speaking generally, one might say:
"If he looks where he goes, he won't walk into any walls"

However, a progressive tense definitely suits the situation best.

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