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# Usage: Tense [Should/Would]

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25 Dec 2005, 19:21
Which is the correct sentence? Please explain.

a) If I were you, I should get that car serviced.
b) If I were you, I would have got that car serviced.

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25 Dec 2005, 20:15
Whenever you are talking about a hypothetical situation, you should use were and would. e.g. If I were rich, I would quit my job.

Based on this, b is right
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25 Dec 2005, 21:06
However I have still one more doubt.

Can't I say, "If I were rich, I would have quit my job."

So when do we use "would" and when do we use "would have"?

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25 Dec 2005, 21:10
b14kumar wrote:
However I have still one more doubt.

Can't I say, "If I were rich, I would have quit my job."

So when do we use "would" and when do we use "would have"?

Regards,
Brajesh

Present:

Will + (base verb)

E.g. If I win the lottery, I will give half the money to GMATClub

Past tense:

Past tense + (would/could + base verb)

E.g. If I won the lottery, I would give half the money to GMATClub

Past perfect:

Past perfect + (would/could + have + past participle)

E.g. If I had won the lottery, I would have given the money to GMATClub
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26 Dec 2005, 19:04
Hi TeHCM,

Could you please tell me whether following sentences are right or wrong?

a) "If I was a rich man, I would have quit my job"
b) "If I had been a rich man, I would have quit my job"

Also give some explainations.

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26 Dec 2005, 19:08
b14kumar wrote:
Hi TeHCM,

Could you please tell me whether following sentences are right or wrong?

a) "If I was a rich man, I would have quit my job"
b) "If I had been a rich man, I would have quit my job"

Also give some explainations.

Regards,
Brajesh

a) should read "If I were a rich man, I would have quit my job". Subjuntive sentences take "were" regardless.

b) I think its fine.
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