[Grammar] if clause

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maxi223

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If I were sitting in a government office I would lower the prices of the tickets for public transport.

Is this correct?
 

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If I were sitting in a government office I would lower the prices of the tickets for public transport.

Is this correct?

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Good morning, Maxi.

(1) Congratulations, your grammar is perfect. (You do need a comma after "office.")

(2) But I think that you have chosen the "wrong" words.

(3) For example, I am just an ordinary person. I can go to any

government office building and sit down. But I cannot make any

decisions. Only government leaders can do that.

(4) I believe that you probably want to say something like:

If I had the authority, I would lower the prices for public transportation.

Have a nice day!
 

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Pragmatics. I have no problem with If I were sitting in place of If I had the authority.

It is obvious from the text (for me) that the author meant by "sitting" this: "If I had my foot firmly under the table; If I worked there."
 

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One more thing; when you say government; can that refer to people who actually work for government?
so, what i wanted to say; If i were in their position, or if i had the authority.
thanks
 
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