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Hi, Emotion: smile

I tried to find out something about this use of the subjunctive tense... but I found nothing!

  1. If I knew what you [knew/know], would I truly want to buy what you [are/were] selling?
  2. If I had known what I [knew/know] today, I wouldn't have...
  3. I wish they would remember what I [am/was] saying.
  4. If I ate what you [are/were] eating, I would probably throw up.
  5. If I ate nothing but the the food you [serve/served] here all day, I'd die.
  6. What If I realized that all the things I [think/thought] [are/were] important [are/were] nothing?
  7. If your mother was still alive, she wouldn't be happy of what you [are/were] doing.


  8. I found nothing on the usage of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses...

    Anyway, I know "I wish I knew where she lived" is ok, and sometimes we can find "I wish I knew where she lives" with the same meaning. But, in the sentences above, which tense can be used and which sounds more natural?

    If you know a book, a website or something that treat these kinds of problems, please let me know.

    Thank you in advance.
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in "I wish I could tell my mother I loved Jenny" it seems you don't really love her.
I may be wrong, but I think this one is a different question than the one in your first post in this thread.

Here there's ambiguity.

You can't tell your mother that you love Jenny because your mother will disapprove.
Here I wish I could is I wish I were brave enough to.

You can't tell your mother that you love Jenny because that would be a lie. You don't want to tell your mother a lie.
Here could tell is could truthfully tell.... and I can't.

You're not saying that you see the same kind of ambiguity in all such constructions, are you?

CJ
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That's all logical.

For the first sentence:
«If I knew what you know [now], would I truly want to buy what you are selling [now]?»

This is about present, which is indicated by "If I knew...".

"If I had known" indicates past.
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That's all logical. <--- if everything was logical I wouldn't be asking this! Emotion: wink

For example, in "If I knew where she lived, I would go and visit her," the logical tense would be "lives" instead of "lived". But most people say "lived" anyway. But in "I wish I could tell my mother I loved Jenny" it seems you don't really love her... So that's why I'm trying to find a kind of rule for this. It's a real mess.

Thanks.
 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
If I knew what you [knew/know], would I truly want to buy what you [are/were] selling?
If I had known what I [knew/know] today, I wouldn't have...
I wish they would remember what I [am/was] saying.[/-] [say/said].
If I ate what you [are/were] eating, I would probably throw up.
If I ate nothing but the the food you [serve/served] here all day, I'd die.
What if I realized that all the things I [think/thought] [are/were] important [are/were] nothing.
If your mother was still alive, she wouldn't be happy of[/-] about what you [are/were] doing.

green = present tense, present meaning
blue = past tense, past meaning
orange = past tense, present or past meaning
red = I doubt that this would be used.

(Maybe the were in the last sentence could be were. I'm undecided.)

CJ
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