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Hi,

“I'm asking because I was wondering that if you're free tomorrow, we could meet again.”

I came across this sentence in a TV series. Shouldn’t it be ‘if you were free’?

Thank you.

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Ann225I came across this sentence in a TV series. Shouldn’t it be ‘if you were free’?

"you're" is OK in itself, but the overall structure "I was wondering that if ..." is faulty (to my eye, at least)

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Ann225I came across this sentence in a TV series.

Yes, well, that doesn't mean it's perfect English. Emotion: smile

Ann225Shouldn’t it be ‘if you were free’?

No, but that's the least of its problems.

Ann225I'm asking because I was wondering that if you're free tomorrow, we could meet again.

The verb wonder takes an indirect question (i.e., embedded question), not a that-clause.

The 'if' in an indirect question is not the same as the 'if' in a conditional statement. The first kind allows the substitution of 'whether', but the second kind doesn't. Here the writer is trying to combine both into one.

It seems to me that the way to do this is as follows:

I'm asking because I was wondering if/whether we could meet again if you're free tomorrow.

The alternate clause order is too grotesque even to contemplate:

I'm asking because I was wondering if/whether if you're free tomorrow we could meet again.Emotion: shake

By the way, another alternative is

I'm asking because I was wondering if/whether you're free tomorrow so (that) we could meet again.

CJ

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There is not enough of the unreal there to trigger the subjunctive these days. Even if there were, I think it would be "if you be free tomorrow", and we never use the subjunctive that way any more. That said, I would not be surprised to hear "If you were free", and it would not sound very odd, certainly not as odd as "that" does in your sentence.

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Thank you. Emotion: smile It also seems a bit off to me.
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Thanks. It’s not my sentence though. Emotion: smile
Ann225Thanks. It’s not my sentence though.

Right. I only meant "the sentence that you provided", but there was no way for you to know that.

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