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Both of these are correct right? They're not mixed conditionals because you're asking for a fact?

1. What do they do if there were an emergency?

2. What do they do if there is an emergency?

Thanks.
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Jack112Both of these are correct right? They're not mixed conditionals because you're asking for a fact?

1. What would they do if there were an emergency?

2. What do they do if there is an emergency? o.k.

Thanks.

You can always play it safe in both sentences with "in case of an emergency".
But if I were to use one of these ones, would it matter which one I use?

So what's the difference between these two?

1. What do they do if there were an emergency? (Imaginary? )

2. What do they do if there is an emergency? (Future?)

For my question at the top, Is 'use' correct? Or is it supposed to be 'used' ?

3. Would it matter which one I use?

4. Would it matter which one I used? (I think it sounds odd with 'used', how come not all conditonals can use all past tense?)

Thanks.
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As Philip said, number 1 isn't correct : because you use 'were' in the 'if' clause, then you should use 'would'.

1. What WOULD they do if there were an emergency ?

Now for the choice on 3 and 4, the situation is totally different. This isn't conditional tense any longer. There is no 'if' clause here. I think they should be :

3. DOES it matter which one I use ?
4. Would it matter which one I WOULD use ?

But I'm not a grammar guru here...
Dear Jack,

You may say :


Does it matter which one I use?

Would it matter which one I used?
Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
Ooops ! I guess I should have refrained from answering this one... Pls forgive the confusion I brought in, mister Jack... I'm going to write it down a 100 times

would it matter which one I used...
would it matter which one I used...
would it matter which one I used...
would it matter which one I used...
(I'm just going to spare you the 96 others...)
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1. What do cyclists do if they injured someone? Would they get fined? (So this is incorrect?)

2. What do cyclists do if they injure someone? Will they get fined? (I'm just talkling to my friend casually while cycling (he probably doesn't even know the answer but we're just chatting), I don't think I should use a present conditional?)

3. What would cyclist do if they injured someone? (So use this one out of all of them? I don't know why but I kind of like #1 better.)

Thanks.
Dear Jack,

It is a strange sentence. I hope you do not mind if I change it.

These are correct:

«What happens to cyclists if they injure someone? Do they get fined?»

«What would happen to a cyclist if he injured someone? Would he get fined?»

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund