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Unformatted text preview: resent) any hotter, we’ll have to go (future) swimming.
—I’ll send (future) you some money, if you need it (present).
Now you have seen the if (present tense), then (future tense) pattern. Here are two other sequences:
— If (past tense), then (conditional tense)
— If (past perfect), then (past conditional)
—If I had (past) more time, I would read (conditional) this book.
—They would have won (past conditional) the race, if they had run (past perfect) faster.
NOTE: When you use the verb to be after if, were not was is the preferred form:
—If he were younger, he would ski every day. EXERCISES
“If... then” Constructions
Decide whether the statement is REAL or UNREAL.
1. If you take Interstate 85, you’ll get there faster. ___________ 2. I’ll send you some money, if you need it. ___________ 3. If I had more money, I’d go to California. ___________ 4. If I had more time, I’d read more books. ___________ 5. If I were rich, I’d buy a bigger house. ___________
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- Winter '13