- Nov 13, 2002
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jack said:sry, i am trying to say that i have already seen the movie and now i am wondering if she would have went to see it if she was not busy.
so now i have watched the movie and the next day i said:
"Would you have gone to the movies with me yesterday, if you weren't busy?"
What is wrong with my tenses?
Can you correct them for me? how would i say this?You have seen the movie. You went alone because she told you she was busy. You want to know if her being busy was the only reason she didn't go with you. Is that the sense? Then the best is:
Would you have gone to the movies with me yesterday if you had not been busy?
"Would you go to the movies with me if you weren't busy? "
What is this question asking? is this asking about if she would have gone to the movie with me yesterday, if she had not been busy?
No, this doesn't ask about yesterday, it is a hypothetical question. The past tense "weren't" is part of the second conditional and is in the subjunctive mood. This past tense does not mean past time; it means present time, hypothetical.
"Would you go" is present conditional.
Would you have gone to the movies with me if you weren't busy?
That is OK, but because of "have gone", the "if" clause would be better in the past perfect.
Why would it be better with past perfect if i use "have gone", isn't "have gone" present perfect? so i should use the opposite of present perfect, which is past perfect? How come i can use present perfect with past perfect?
In this case, "would you have gone" or "you would have gone" is not present perfect. It is past conditional, as indicated by "would"
In the third conditional, we use past perfect in the "if" clause and past conditional in the result clause.
You would have gone with me if you had not been busy.
Would you have gone with me if you had not been busy?