[Grammar] If I asked her, she would help me.

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Hello,

I would greatly appreciate if someone could explain the difference between the following sentences:

A) If I asked her, she would help me.
B) If I had asked her, she would help me.
C) If I had asked her, she would have helped me.

As for me, I think that the first shows that the situation is still there where she could help him, but he would have to ask her first. However, in third, she could have helped him if he had asked her in time. I am not sure if second is grammatically correct or not.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
 

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Hello,

I would greatly appreciate if someone could explain the difference between the following sentences:

A) If I asked her, she would help me.
B) If I had asked her, she would help me.
C) If I had asked her, she would have helped me.

[STRIKE]As for me,[/STRIKE] I think that the first refers to the present [STRIKE]shows that the situation is still there[/STRIKE] where she could help him, but he would have to ask her first.
That's possible. Another explanation is that the speaker is talking about the past. Whenever I asked her, she helped me.

However, in the third, she could have helped him if he had asked her in time.
Basically, yes. He is surmising. It's about an imaginary situation in the past.

I am not sure if second is grammatically correct or not.
You're right to be suspicious about that one; it doesn't work.
 
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