Verbs while using if

If you want to talk about a possibility or something you would like to be different you can say “If I were taller”, “If you were faster”. You use the verb in past tense. Is it correct?

But what about the following?

If this app worked in this way, I would like it more.

I don’t know but the above sentence sounds kind of weird for me. I don’t know if it’s correct or not.

Answer

You are talking about conditional statements.

The first phrase is using the past subjunctive (“were”). Your clause is setting up a type of sentence called the “second conditional” or a counterfactual conditional.

The second is the same type of sentence, and it’s correct.

Here are some helpful articles on wikipedia:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_conditional_sentences
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conditional_sentence#Types_of_conditional_sentence
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfactual_conditional

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Source : Link , Question Author : Diego Armando Rincon , Answer Author : CDB

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