Monday, April 2, 2012

Use of the wrong tense

Using a wrong tense with an improbable condition.

Don’t say: If he would/’d ask me, I would/’d stay.

ΓΌ Say: If he asked me, I would/’d stay.

Express an improbable condition by the past tense and use the conditional in the main clause. This use of the past tense doesn’t indicate a time but a degree of probability.

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