My friend's grand father is not alive.

He told me the following:

If he lived today, he would be 135 years old.

I think it should be 'If he had lived today, he would have been 135 years old'.

Am I correct? Your comments are welcome.

He told me the following:

If he lived today, he would be 135 years old.

I think it should be 'If he had lived today, he would have been 135 years old'.

Am I correct? Your comments are welcome.

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http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/IfIWereVsIfIHadBeen/cmrpl/Post.htm

Marius Hancu"If I had had the money [Jespersen: at the present moment], I should

have paid you."

By the same token, it would be fine to say:

If he had lived today, he would have been 135 years old.

Please tel me if I am wrong.

RotterIf he were still living today, he would be 135 years old.

BarbaraPAYour friend's version

If he lived today, he would be 135 years old.

is fine IMO and the most common.

Make a search at Yahoo for

"if he lived today"

and another for

"if he had lived today"

(quotation marks are important)

and you will find 10 times more results for "if he lived today"

Read again Jespersen:-)

Then you'll realize the past tense is mainly used for past time, or whenever you really need to reinforce the doubt.

And btw, Grammar Geek is right about changing to "were alive." More natural.

Marius HancuThey might be fine for comments like, 'if he lived today, he'd be the first one to criticize the President,' or 'if he had lived today, he would have cut down those trees.'

I can't explain the grammatical basis, though I'd hope someone else could.

davkettIt may be the case that some of the sentences are more common. You are welcome to comment again if necessary.

10. If he were alive today, he would be 135 years old.

11. If he were still living today, he would be 135 years old.

12. If he lived today, he would be 135 years old.

13. If he had lived today, he would have been 135 years old.

Rotterdavkett------

Scenes of the Sangamon River and surroundings in Piatt County,

Illinois, such as Lincoln might have seen if he lived today.

http://www.lulu.com/content/194551

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Not the most frequent usage, but ...

Marius Hancu