Wording an ‘If-Then’ Statement Tense

I need help phrasing the last part of this conditional sentence (assume I can’t change the first conditional statement):

If I died tomorrow, I would have wanted to go skydiving.

or

If I died tomorrow, I wanted to go skydiving.

Answer

I think your basic problem here is that “died” is past tense, but “tomorrow” clearly indicates we are talking about the future. Despite your protestations, you really need to fix that part of the sentence.

OOC, what language is this translated from and, for extra credit, do you know the technical verb form it was using?

My guess is you really want some kind of future subjunctive clause, which in English oddly uses the past subjunctive. “If I were to die tomorrow”.

How you complete this depends on what exactly you want to say. If you mean that you’d prefer the method of death to be skydiving, your form in the first example would work (although that would be using “go” as a euphamisim for “die”, but that’s common).

If instead you want to say that skydiving is an activity you’d regret not having done, then it would be past subjunctive as well: “I would have wanted to have gone skydiving”.

In both cases, I’d highly suggest rephrasing the whole thing in a simpler manner though. The first case could be, “When I die, I want to die skydiving.”. The second would be “I want to go skydiving before I die.”

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Source : Link , Question Author : Jacob Broadley , Answer Author : T.E.D.

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