Pedro Jimenez
which of these are correct? I would have a child or I was going to have a child. expalin your answers please
Nov 25, 2016 2:44 PM
Answers · 7
Both are correct, but they are used differently. If you are asking about the translation of the sentence 'hace 2 años iba a tener un hijo' in your previous post, the correct translation is 'Two years ago, I was going to have a child.' This is the answer I suggested, and it is also that same translation that another native English speaker (Stephen from Canada) gave you. 'I would have a child' is a correct construction, but it has a different meaning. 'I would have' is part of a conditional sentence referring to present or future time. For example, you might say 'If I met the right partner, I would have a child'. However, 'I would have a child' does NOT translate the sentence about what failed to happen two years ago. 'I would have a child' describes a hypothetical situation in the present or future, not an unfulfilled intention in the past. To describe something that was to have happened in the past but did not in fact happen, you need to use 'I was going to ..'. I hope that helps.
November 25, 2016
To me, you use "I was going to have a child", to describe the fact that you planned to have a child, but it didn't happen. You would use "'I would have a child" to explain why you have not planned to have a child.
November 25, 2016
The first because you are saying that you gonna have a child but not yet , but in the second one you say that you were going to have child but you didn't
November 25, 2016
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Pedro Jimenez
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