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Please, tell me if these sentences are all correct. Pay attention to what I have put in brackets.

What would you do if you win a million dollars? (Normal sentence)

What would you do if you won a million dollars? (I don't understand this past tense here; what's the meaning of this sentence?)

Would not be more correct to write in past the following?:

What would you do if you had won a million dollars?

Thank you.

Eladio
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Please, tell me if these sentences are all correct. Pay attention to what I have put in brackets.

What would you do if you win a million dollars? (Normal sentence)

That one is incorrect.

What would you do if you won a million dollars? (I don't understand this past tense here; what's the meaning of this sentence?)

That's a correct sentence. The past tense in English does not always refer to past time, or even time at all. We also use that tense to talk about possibility, hypothetical situations, and for social relations (being polite, tentative, indirect, etc.)

Would not be more correct to write in past the following?:

What would you do if you had won a million dollars?

That's also correct. "What would you do now, or in the near future, if you had won a million dollars in the (recent) past?"

Thank you.

Eladio
Milky, now I've got it! Thanks a lot. Could you please answer to the other post I have posted with a very similar subject?

Eladio
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What would you do if you win a million dollars? (Normal sentence) When we use “would” in this kind of construct, we are implying a hypothetical condition. Therefore the proper form should be “ had won” instead of “win”. The key identifiers for conditional statement are” Would + if “.

Ex: What would you have done with if you had been in George Bush's position?

What would you do if you won a million dollars? (I don't understand this past tense here; what's the meaning of this sentence?)

Would not be more correct to write in past the following?:

What would you do if you had won a million dollars? This is the correct form.

Goodman
What would you do if you had won a million dollars? This is the correct form.



<What would you do if you had won a million dollars? This is the correct form.>

What would you do if you won a million dollars? Is also a correct form.
Old EladioMilky, now I've got it! Thanks a lot. Could you please answer to the other post I have posted with a very similar subject?

Eladio

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What would you do if you won a million dollars?

My two cents:

Here, although a past simple verb (won) is used, still it refers to a future condition. It says “what would you do if you win a million dollars in the future”.
rishonly,

I think you meant to write:

What will you do if you win ...in the future?

CJ
CalifJimrishonly,

I think you meant to write:

What will you do if you win ...in the future?

CJ

That's correct, CJ. Thanks for the correction.
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