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Past in the future ? She would be sad if she would hear that

She would be sad if she was hear that

Which one is correct?

May 3, 2019 4:58 PM
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Hi Alessandra! 
The meaning is pretty much the same :) The construction with "was" is more colloquial.

You can also say "she would be sad if she heard that".

One thing to pay attention to when using the "if she were/was to" construction is whether you have a verb or not. If you have a verb, you need a "to" after the were/was. If you have a noun or an adjective, the way you wrote it would be fine. Here are two examples:
Verb: if she were to hear that, she would be sad. 
Adjective/noun: if she were rich/if she were a rich woman, she would be very happy.

Hope this didn't confuse you!

May 3, 2019
If she hears that she will be sad (condition one)
=When she
 hears that she will be sad
condition one expresses possibility 
If she hears that she is supposed to be sad 

If she heard that she would be sad(condition two)
=She didn't hear so she didn't get sad 
condition two expresses hope , wish or something didn't happen

If she had heard that she would have been sad 
(condition three)
Condition three expresses impossibility 

If you heat water it boils (condition zero )
condition zero expresses facts 

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May 3, 2019

"She would be sad if she would hear that" - is correct.

"She would be sad if she was hear that" - is not correct.

"She would be sad if she was to hear that" - is ok.

"She would be sad if she were to hear that" - is correct.


May 3, 2019
Thanks! About the correct sentences, could you explain to me the differences? I mean, why can we use both would and were/was? Is there the same meaning?
May 3, 2019
Alessandra
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