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Last week she celebrated her birthday. I was not invited. I accidentally met her today. I told her the following:


  1. If you asked, I would have come.
I think it should be the following:

  1. If you had asked, I would have come.

    Please tell me the correct sentence in this context.
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Hi,

The second 'number one' is the correct grammatical form.Emotion: smile

CClive
Thanks Clive
I guess the reason is as follows:

Today I am talking about an event which should have taken place in the past.
Please tell me if I am wrong.
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Hi,

If you had asked, I would have come.

I guess the reason is as follows:

Today I am talking about an event which should have taken place in the past.


Think of it this way. Both events are hypothetical. They didn't happen. You are talking about an event ('ask') that might have taken place before another event ('come') might have taken place in the past.

There is no 'should' involved here.

Best wishes, Clive
So in other words this is a past perfect sentence.

Now I am curious about the simple past senentce.
If you asked, I would have help.
If you asked, I would help.

Is it possible to use both of the above for an event which took place a few minutes ago?
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I must add another question to this as it is relevant to the grammar aspects.

I lost or rather misplaced my mobile phone some weeks ago. I found it. It was in the gym. I carry the mobile while training. I got a call while training. I answered the call and put it on the floor near the leg extension.[People train quadripcep muscles using the leg extension.]

Someone found it and gave it to the reception. I was very relieved when I got it back.

11. If I had lost it, I would have been forced to buy a new phone.

12. If I had los it, I would have been in big trouble as I store information on it.

Like the others I store numbers such as codes which I need to enter certain buildings, codes for the credit cards, codes for making financial transaction on the Internet, many important telephone numbers.

Are both of the sentences fine in this context?
Hi,

Now I am curious about the simple past senentce.
If you asked, I would have help.
If you asked, I would help.

Is it possible to use both of the above for an event which took place a few minutes ago? No. Say "If you had asked, I would have helped".

#2 is not really about a past event. It's OK if you want to talk about a possible future event.
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I must add another question to this as it is relevant to the grammar aspects.

I lost or rather misplaced my mobile phone some weeks ago. I found it. It was in the gym. I carry the mobile while training. I got a call while training. I answered the call and put it on the floor near the leg extension.[People train quadripcep muscles using the leg extension.]

Someone found it and gave it to the reception. I was very relieved when I got it back.

11. If I had lost it, I would have been forced to buy a new phone.

12. If I had los it, I would have been in big trouble as I store information on it.

Like the others I store numbers such as codes which I need to enter certain buildings, codes for the credit cards, codes for making financial transaction on the Internet, many important telephone numbers.

Are both of the sentences fine in this context? Yes.


Clive
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Clive
I reflected on this.

5.If I lose it, I will buy a new phone. [ This is the present case. If I lose it tomorrow at the gym or If I lose it now, I will ... ]
The first conditional.



6. If I lost it, I would buy a new phone. [ What is the scenario here? This can't be a present or past event.]
The second conditional.


7.If I had lost it, I would have bought a new phone. [ This is the hypothetical case. I didn't lose it in the past. If I dropped it in the past, I would have visited a shop to buy a new one.]
The third conditional.
Hi,

5.If I lose it, I will buy a new phone. [ This is the present case. If I lose it tomorrow at the gym or If I lose it now, I will ... ]


6. If I lost it, I would buy a new phone. [ What is the scenario here? This can't be a present or past event. It's hypothetical about the future. I'm not really going to lose it, . . . ]

7.If I had lost it, I would have bought a new phone. [ This is the hypothetical case. I didn't lose it in the past. If I dropped it in the past, I would have visited a shop to buy a new one.]

Clive
Thanks Clive

7.If I have enough money, I will go to Canada.

8. If I had enough money, I would go to Canada.

9. If I had had enough money, I would have gone to canada.

I know perfectly the scenarios in seventh and nineth sentences.
What is the scenario for the eighth sentence? It can't be a future event.

The future as well as the present covers the seventh sentence.

If I have enough money, I can travel now or tomorrow morning.
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