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A: I was surprised to know that he would be attending the party.

B: I met the woman who I would marry one day.

C: I asked him to leave the room but he wouldn't.

D: I took the loan because if I didn't take it, Jack would take it.

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Clive

Yes

Thanks, Clive. One more question:

I sold my phone because he would take it away.

Is this sentence correct as well?

First, what do you think it means, please? Can you say it another way?

Clive

Clive

First, what do you think it means, please? Can you say it another way?

Clive

I meant:

I sold my phone because if I didn't, he would take it away.

Is this sentence correct since it's the sentence type as my last previous sentence?

If this sentence is correct? What about this one?

I sold my phone because If I hadn't sold it, he would've taken it away.

If this sentence is correct as well, what the difference between this sentence and the sentence above this? I am confused. Please help.

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Your sentence is correct, but much more common is to say it another way.

eg I sold my phone because if I hadn't, he would have taken it way.

eg I sold my phone because he was going to take it away.

If this sentence is correct? What about this one?

I sold my phone because If I hadn't sold it, he would've taken it away. <<<< Yes, correct and commonly said.

If this sentence is correct as well, what the difference between this sentence and the sentence above this? I am confused. I'm losing track. Please state the two sentences you now want me to compare.

Clive

Your sentence is correct, but much more common is to say it another way.

eg I sold my phone because if I hadn't, he would have taken it way.

eg I sold my phone because he was going to take it away.

If this sentence is correct? What about this one?

I sold my phone because If I hadn't sold it, he would've taken it away. <<<< Yes, correct and commonly said.

If this sentence is correct as well, what the difference between this sentence and the sentence above this? I am confused. I'm losing track. Please state the two sentences you now want me to compare.

Thank you for your response.

I sold my phone because if I didn't, he would take it away.

I sold my phone because if I hadn’t, he would’ve taken it away.

What’s the difference in meaning between them since they are both correct?

The difference lies in the point of view of the writer.

Let's assume that I sold my phone on 10/January.

I sold my phone because if I didn't, he would take it away. The writer is speaking as if it is 10/Jan. Note that, as I said earlier, this seems uncommon to me.

I sold my phone because if I hadn’t, he would’ve taken it away. The writer is speaking as if it is today (17/March).

Clive

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Clive

The difference lies in the point of view of the writer.

Let's assume that I sold my phone on 10/January.

I sold my phone because if I didn't, he would take it away. The writer is speaking as if it is 10/Jan. Note that, as I said earlier, this seems uncommon to me.

I sold my phone because if I hadn’t, he would’ve taken it away. The writer is speaking as if it is today (17/March).

Clive

Thank you again. Can I interpret it this way?

Suppose, I sold my phone on 10th January.

I sold my phone because if I didn't, he would take it away. This sentence means if I didn’t sell it when I had the opportunity to sell it, he was going to take it away at a later time on the 10th January or later. It is basically the past of “if I don’t sell my phone, he will take it away.”.

I sold my phone because if I hadn’t, he would’ve taken it away. This means I sold it on 10th March. If I didn’t, he was going to take it the same day, 10th January.

Do you agree?