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Conditional questions (If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.)



 
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Conditional questions (If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.) #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:41 pm   Conditional questions (If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.)
 

Hi,

Could anyone Please check these sentences?

a) If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.

b) If I were not sick,wouldn't I have taken this medicine?

Please help me understand this type of grammar structure.
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conditional questions #2 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:50 pm   conditional questions
 

Hi Crazy,

Here are my suggestions:

a) If I were sick, I would take this medicine. (conditional II)
b) If were not sick, why would I take this medicine? (conditional II)

For more information on the conditionals, please read on condition.

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conditional questions #3 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 18:02 pm   conditional questions
 

Hi Torsten,

Thanks a lot for replying.

My first confusion is with "If I were sick”. Dose it mean "If I get sick”, “If I got sick" or "If I will get sick"?

I kindly request you to please help me understand this.
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conditional questions #4 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 18:47 pm   conditional questions
 

Hi Crazy

Try looking at it this way:
"(If) I were sick" is basically just the theoretical/unreal version of "(It is true that) I am sick".

Saying "I am sick" refers to the real state of my health in the present. It is a real condition now.

Saying "If I were sick" does not refer to the real state of my health at present. Instead, it refers to a condition that is theoretical/unreal/not true at the moment.
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conditional questions #5 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 20:52 pm   conditional questions
 

Quote:
If I were sick, I would take this medicine.


3 possible meanings:

I'm not sick at this moment and that's why I'm not taking this medicine.
I'm not sick at this moment, but if I were/was, I would take this medicine (now).
If I were/was sick at any time in the future, I would take this medicine (then).
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conditional questions #6 (permalink) Mon Jun 23, 2008 22:59 pm   conditional questions
 

2. If I were not sick, wouldn't I have taken this medicine?

This doesn't quite make sense; but you might say:

3. If I weren't sick, would I have taken this medicine?

A schoolboy simulating sickness might say such a thing, indignantly: he took the medicine to prove he was sick.

(In BrE, I would think "If I wasn't" more usual than "If I weren't", in this kind of context.)

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Conditional questions (If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.) #7 (permalink) Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:18 am   Conditional questions (If I were sick, I would have taken this medicine.)
 

Quote:
3. If I weren't sick, would I have taken this medicine?

A schoolboy simulating sickness might say such a thing, indignantly: he took the medicine to prove he was sick.


Or a closet drug addict on being accused of abuse or any other person who is "abusing" drugs/medicines.
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