How many times in our life we wish things are different? We start to throw away “If.. If..If..” one after another but..Hang in There, Did you know that there are 3 different cases to complete that sentence correctly? there are three cases that we need to think of.
- Possible case in the present >> If + present tense + Will + infinitive/present tense/imperative
- Imposible/improbable case in the present >> If + past tense + would + infinitive
- Imposible case in the past >> if + Past Perfect Tense + Would Have + Past Participle
When i learned about it about more than decade ago (*cry* it has been so long). I found it confusing therefore i kept using type 1 for all case which was then jeopardize my english grammar. LOL.
Everything was blurry until i experienced things in life and starting to use or hear those sentences. Remember how you wish things have gone differently? you wish you have done things differently. The strongest impression for me was regarding death. “Had i known it sooner, i would have gone back earlier”. Can you feel the despair? even thinking about it sinks my heart now. Since the very first time i heard it, i’ve made a mental notes that your loved one should come first in any circumstances. You could leave all those things and do it later but life and time won’t wait.
Over the time, i encounter lots of other experiences too where i could only give some suggestion by trying to put myself on other people’s shoes. This is where i meet “If i were you, i would…”. in fact, i can’t be you. it’s impossible. I could only try to think as if i am in your position. This sentece hit me sometime ago and in general this if condition is something that i classified as regretful too. Imagine parents wish for their sick kid – “if only i could, i would bear the pain for you”.
Oh dear, thinking about cases and how to use the conditional if made me feel dejected. i will close it here with.. “If you were here, it would be more cheerful”
Notes : i don’t hold any degree in language and open to any correction.. well, i know i messed up a lot.