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1. My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I fed her what she wants.

According to Type 2 conditional rule, shouldn't the sentence above rephrased as:

2. My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I fed her what she wanted. =>Is this right?

3. My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I let her eat what she wants. => Is this correct? Why?

The Type 2 conditional, where the tense in the 'if' clause is the simple past, and the tense in the main clause is the present conditional:



In these sentences, the time is now or any time, and the situation is unreal. They are not based on fact, and they refer to an unlikely or hypothetical condition and its probable result.
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Marius HancuDon't post with all this BLACK background. Can't read and it's ugly.
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A "please" might have been nice there, Marius.
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1, 3: correct, IMO
In 3, the "let" is used in past tense for conditional, which is OK.

2: I don't think you need "wanted," because the doubt is about your feeding her, not about what she wants. "Wanted" would seem overcorrect to me.

A good reference:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-conditional_3.htm
<2: I don't think you need "wanted," because the doubt is about your feeding her, not about what she wants. "Wanted" would seem overcorrect to me. >

Does this seem over correct?

If I did what she wanted,...
My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I fed her what she wants/wanted.

Everything necessary for the conditional structure is satisfied by would weigh and fed. The tense in the extra clause can be either present or past, as shown, although I'm inclined to think that, under the influence of the preceding tenses, most people would choose wanted.

CJ
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CalifJimMy cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I fed her what she wants/wanted.

Everything necessary for the conditional structure is satisfied by would weigh and fed. The tense in the extra clause can be either present or past, as shown, although I'm inclined to think that, under the influence of the preceding tenses, most people would choose wanted.
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

So, the sentence below is correct with either is or was, just like the previous example? Since Linda is still crazy and it is a fact, would you prefer is?

I would tell him Linda is/was crazy if he asked.
IMO:

I would tell him, if he asked, that Linda is crazy. Correct, if she's still crazy.
I would tell him that Linda is crazy, if he asked. Correct, if she's still crazy.

I would tell him, if he asked, that Linda were/was crazy. Overcorrect (and even wrong), if she's still crazy.
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