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# IF..then clause

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20 Jul 2014, 14:38
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Hi All,

"If...then clause"...I am reading Manhattan sentence correction for this topic and at the end of the topic they have mentioned that one should never use "Should" in the If..then clause..is that true??

Isn't the sentence "If he is guilty, then he should be punished" correct?

Thanks for the help!!

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20 Jul 2014, 22:51
jatin.nitp@gmail.com wrote:
Hi All,

"If...then clause"...I am reading Manhattan sentence correction for this topic and at the end of the topic they have mentioned that one should never use "Should" in the If..then clause..is that true??

Isn't the sentence "If he is guilty, then he should be punished" correct?

Thanks for the help!!

cheers

In if...then clause it is not not allowed to use should/would in if part of the clause, but you can use should/would in then part of the sentence.

if should/would... then blah blah.... (wrong)
if blah blah ... then should/would .. (correct)
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08 Feb 2018, 04:24
If she would do that, then it will devastate him.

Will this sentence be wrong?
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08 Feb 2018, 09:28
somey wrote:
If she would do that, then it will devastate him.

Will this sentence be wrong?

Hi somey, indeed this will be wrong. We should articulate this as:

If she does that, it will devastate him.

While this is not a very GMAT like sentence, the syntax is fine.

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08 Feb 2018, 14:39
Hi jatin.nitp@gmail.com,

It's okay to use should/would in the second half of an "if...then..." statement. Your example sentence of "If he is guilty, then he should be punished" is okay.

It's NOT okay to use should/would with the "if" part of the statement. It creates a hypothetical situation with real outcomes, which doesn't make sense:

If she would do her homework, her grades will go up. WRONG
If she does her homework, her grades will go up. RIGHT

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