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fab54

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Hello,
I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

Thanks for your help

PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out
 

izabela

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Hi,

#2 is correct.

Iza

fab54 said:
Hello,
I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

Thanks for your help

PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out
 

RonBee

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Of course, you could say:
  • I would like to have dinner with you tonight.

:)
 

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fab54 said:
Hello,
I have a little doubt about the tense of the "if" clause, which one of the following phrases is correct :

1) It would be nice if we have dinner tomorrow
2) It would be nice if we had dinner tomorrow

Thanks for your help

PS: The context for the sentence could be that I'm trying to ask somebody out

Sentence #2 fits the normal pattern for a second conditional. However, "would" has many uses other than the pure conditional use. As an expression of expectation or presumption, the use of "would" in sentence #1 with an "if" clause in the present tense is acceptable, IMO.
 
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