He did something regularly to see if I needed anything. An event of need actually occured?

He checked on me regularly during my stay to see if I needed anything. I’ve been confused of if I needed anything. Actually needing something has occured in the first place? Which article can make me understood of this phrase? Answer These two sentences describe the same action: When he came in he asked, "Do … Read more

Using the third conditional when the condition is “real”

I’ve heard the third conditional structure is used when the condition is not real. Here are some examples. But I think I’ve come across an example that negates the above rule. Here it is: If Alex had considered onboarding customers for those very old services, he might have had a similar opinion about the newer … Read more

If I had time, I should go to the gym” vs “If I had had time, I should have gone to the gym”

(As in conditional sentences) "If I had time, I should go to the gym." "If I had had time, I should have gone to the gym." I am not sure about American English, but I reckon in British English if the subject is I" or "We" then "should" can be used in the sense of … Read more

Peculiar If Sentence

I’m not sure what is suggested here, can you shed light on this if usage: The history of efforts to regulate cigarette- and their relative ineffectiveness- demonstrated the power of the industry to disrupt public health, just as it had disrupted science. If the tobacco industry did not invent special interest lobbying, they raised it … Read more

Correct or wrong?: “When I will meet him, I will explain.”

Background I think the present simple is usually used after when if it’s like a condition. E.g.: I’ll call you when I arrive. (correct) I’ll call you when I will arrive. (wrong) However, on english-corpora.org, I found a sentence in which an expression like a wrong example above is used: When I will meet him, … Read more

The Present Simple is used as a condition. Why not ‘will’?

I’m not sure if it’s the right word, but I feel like the Present Simple is sometimes used as a ‘condition’. For example: If you do that, this will happen. I’ll call you when I arrive. Clean your room before you go out. Questions: Is it possible to use ‘will’ in this kind of clauses? … Read more

Inversion with “to not have”?

I came across this quote and was intrigued by its grammar: "The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears" At first glance, "had the eyes no tears" this seems like a type II conditional sentence being inverted (I can vaguely make out the conditional clause to mean "If the eyes had no … Read more