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Hi teachers!

Please, could you check if the sentences and their respective answers are correct?

1. I always take a shot. I have a good camera. – I wouldn’t always take a shot if I didn’t have a good camera.

2. She often does well on the tests. She understands the subject matter easily. – She wouldn’t often do well on the tests if she didn’t understand the subject matter easily.

3. He drinks heavily. He is depressed. – He wouldn’t drink heavily if he wasn’t depressed.

4. You put the car away. You see the car has a flat tire. – You wouldn’t put the car away if you didn’t see the car had a flat tire.

5. We take good care of ourselves. We work as top models. – We wouldn’t take good care of ourselves if we didn’t work as top models.

6. They scan some pictures. They take the pictures. – They wouldn’t scan some pictures if they didn’t take them.

7. It is a hard competition. It has well-prepared competitors. – It wouldn’t be a hard competition if it didn’t have well-prepared competitors.

8. They gotta run now. They have to move the car into the garage. – They wouldn’t gotta run then if they didn’t have to move the car into the garage.

9. They are awaked. They have to work till late. – They wouldn’t be awaked if they didn’t have to work till late.

10. They are better off. They sell their shares. – They wouldn’t be better off if they didn’t sell their shares.
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Hi Charles,

Many of these pairings are not logial with "if," but with "because." For example, #10: They are better off now because they sold their shares. Are you sure you're supposed to negate both sides? The would be better off if they sold their shares? As it is, #10 should be: They wouldn't be better off if they HADN'T SOLD their shares, not "didn't sell" their shares.

Some don't make sense at all, such as #6. Do they take them? Do they scan them? Is it supposed to be "They take some pictures and then scan them."?

Some of your constructions are completely ungrammatical: They wouldn’t gotta run They wouldn't have to run if they didn't have to move their care into the garage.

Could you confirm what the assignment was supposed to be?
Hi Grammar Geek,

The assignment I have to do is to make sentences. Then, I have to combine each of the pairs of sentences so as to produce only one sentence, using the word "if", but the sentences must be in the negative.

e.g.: He drinks heavily. He is depressed. (I've made this example)
Answer:
He wouldn't drink heavily if he wasn't depressed.

In the sentence: *They scan some pictures. They take the pictures.
Answer:
They wouldn't scan some pictures if they didn't take them (what I intend to say here is: They wouldn't have conditions to scan pictures if they didn't take them first. Of course, it's something obvious, but...)
Here my thought is:as the *previous sentences are in the simple present tense, so when I join them in the negative, using if + wouldn't, the other verb should be in the simple past tense.

Following the assignment I have to do and my reasoning above, could you please, help me with those sentences?

Appreciate your help again,
Charles
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Hi Charles
Quite a few of your sentences are awkward or don't seem terribly logical. I have made suggestions (in black). Where I have given you an alternative pair of sentences, you should try to do the IF-sentence transformation yourself.

1. I always take a shot a lot of pictures. I have a good camera. – I wouldn’t always take a shot so many pictures if I didn’t have a good camera.

2. She often does well on the tests. She understands the subject matter easily. – She wouldn’t often do well on the tests if she didn’t understand the subject matter so easily.

3. He drinks heavily. He is depressed. – He wouldn’t drink heavily if he wasn’t depressed.

4. You put the car away. You see the car has a flat tire. – You wouldn’t put the car away if you didn’t see the car had a flat tire. This doesn't make much sense to me. Here is a suggestion for an alternative:
4. You ran over some broken glass. Your tire went flat.

5. We take good care of ourselves. We work as top models. – We wouldn’t take such good care of ourselves if we didn’t work as top models.

6. They scan some pictures. They take the pictures. – They wouldn’t scan some pictures if they didn’t take them. I don't like this sentence either. Here is a suggestion for an alternative:
6. They can scan all of the pictures. They own a scanner.

7. It is a hard competition. It has well-prepared competitors. – It wouldn’t be a hard competition if it didn’t have well-prepared competitors.

8. They gotta have to run now. They have to move the car into the garage. – They wouldn’t gotta have to run then if they didn’t have to move the car into the garage. This doesn't make much sense to me. In addition, the word "gotta" is slang and it is not possible to say "wouldn't gotta" -- not even in slang. Here is a suggestion for an alternative:
8. They have to run. They need to catch the next bus.

9. They are awaked. They have to work till late. – They wouldn’t be awaked if they didn’t have to work till late.
This doesn't make any sense to me, and there is no such word as "awaked". Here is a suggestion for an alternative:
9. He was wide awake at 1:00 am. He drank coffee that evening.

10. They are better off. They sell their shares. – They wouldn’t be better off if they didn’t sell their shares.
Here is a suggestion for an alternative:

10. They became millionaires. They bought a winning lottery ticket.
Hi Yankee,

I'm very happy for such help. Many thanks!!! Well, I got your corrections and answered the alternatives, but I still have some questions. Could you please, check them once more and tell me if all of them are correct now?

If you don't mind, then could I send more sentences using "would" just for checking?

Thanks for the attention,
Charles

I hope this time my answers appear because in my previous post, only the paragraph below appeared. Thank you for helping me).

Charles

Hi Yankee,

I'm very happy for such help. Many thanks!!! Well, I got your corrections and answered the alternatives, but I still have some questions. Could you please, check them once more and tell me if all of them are correct now?

If you don't mind, then could I send more sentences using "would" just for checking?

Thanks for the attention,
Charles

1. I always take a a lot of pictures. I have a good camera. – I wouldn’t take so many pictures if I didn’t have a good camera. (here “a lot of” becomes “so many” in the negative?)

2. She does well on the tests. She understands the subject matter easily. – She wouldn’t do well on the tests if she didn’t understand the subject matter so easily.

3. He drinks heavily. He is depressed.He wouldn’t drink heavily if he wasn’t depressed.

4. You run over some broken glass. Your tire goes flat. You wouldn’t run over some broken glass if your tire went flat. (Here as my initial sentences must be in the simple present tense, I changed ran for run and went for goes. OK?).

5. We take good care of ourselves. We work as top models. – We wouldn’t take such good care of ourselves if we didn’t work as top models.

6. They can scan all of the pictures. They own a scanner. They wouldn’t ...(well, here I don’t know how to answer if in my sentences I have to use wouldn’t in all the answers. Can you help me, please?).

7. It is a hard competition. It has well-prepared competitors. – It wouldn’t be a hard competition if it didn’t have well-prepared competitors.

8. They have to run. They need to catch the next bus. They wouldn’t have to run if they didn’t need to catch the next bus.

9. They are awaked. They have to work till late. – They wouldn’t be awaked if they didn’t have to work till late.

This doesn't make any sense to me, and there is no such word as "awaked". Here is a suggestion for an alternative:

9. He was wide awake at 1:00 am. He drank coffee that evening. He wouldn’t be wide awake at 1:00 am if he didn’t drink coffee that evening.

Please, where is exactly my mistake here?

(They are awaked. They have to work till late – They wouldn’t be awaked if they didn’t have to work till late = They would be sleeping if they didn’t have to work till late. To be awaked = not sleepping. To Awake – awaked – awaked.

10. They became millionaires. They bought a winning lottery ticket. They wouldn’t become millionaires if they didn’t buy a winning lottery ticket.

Thanks again for the help,
Charles
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Hi Charles,

One of our teachers here has said that "would" is probably the hardest word to fully understand in English, and I think we'd both agree.

You can post more "would" sentences, but you may want to read a bit about conditionals as well. If you use Google (try ELS conditionals OWL as search terms) you may be able to learn more.
Hi Charles

As I understand your assignment, you should first write a sentence that states a fact, and then another sentence that states a result of that fact. After that, you are supposed to combine your two sentences in an IF sentence that states what theoretically wouldn't happen (or wouldn't have happened) if the fact weren't (or hadn't been) true. In other words, the IF-clauses are counter-factual.
Is that what you are supposed to do?

For example:

Present fact: She has a gigantic hairy wart on her nose.
Result (of the present fact): People stare at her.
Counter-factual --> If she did not have a gigantic hairy wart on her nose, people would not stare at her.

Past fact: He drank coffee that evening.
Result (of the past fact): He was wide awake at 1:00 am.
Counter-factual --> If he had not drunk coffee that evening, he would not have been wide awake at 1:00 am.

(The word "awake" is an adjective, not a verb, in the sentences above.)
Hi Yankee,

That's it! But the answers should start in a reverse order. They should start with "wouldn't" instead of "if". So based on this reasoning could you please, just tell me if all the sentences below are correct now?

1. I always take a a lot of pictures. I have a good camera. – I wouldn’t take so many pictures if I didn’t have a good camera. (here “a lot of” becomes “so many” in the negative?)

2. She does well on the tests. She understands the subject matter easily. – She wouldn’t do well on the tests if she didn’t understand the subject matter so easily.

3. He drinks heavily. He is depressed.He wouldn’t drink heavily if he wasn’t depressed.

4. You run over some broken glass. Your tire goes flat. You wouldn’t run over some broken glass if your tire went flat.

5. We take good care of ourselves. We work as top models. – We wouldn’t take such good care of ourselves if we didn’t work as top models.

6. They can scan all of the pictures. They own a scanner. They wouldn’t ...(well, here I don’t know how to answer if in my sentences I have to use INFOLINKS_STOP>wouldn’t in all the answers. Can you help me, please?).

7. It is a hard competition. It has well-prepared competitors. – It wouldn’t be a hard competition if it didn’t have well-prepared competitors.

8. They have to run. They need to catch the next bus. They wouldn’t have to run if they didn’t need to catch the next bus.

9. He is wide awake at 1:00 am. He drinks coffee that evening. He wouldn’t be wide awake at 1:00 am if he didn’t drink coffee that evening.

10. They become millionaires. They buy a winning lottery ticket. They wouldn’t become millionaires if they didn’t buy a winning lottery ticket.
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