past tense following "if"

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In the following sentence,

 

"Law said if the Filipinos won their case, the government could not refuse if they later applied to bring their spouses and children."

 

why past tense should be used after "if", although it has not yet confirmed to happen?

asked Aug 17 '11 at 01:16 CF LOK New member

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In this sentence the past tense is used in order to be parallel to the previous verb, 'could',  If the writer had chosen to write: "The government can not refuse if. . . " than he or she should also use the present tense of apply.

 

"Law said that, if the Filipinos win their case, the government can not refuse them if they later apply to bring their spouses and children."

link comment answered Aug 18 '11 at 03:56 Kimberly Expert
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This is used for situations which are either impossible

 

"Law said if the Filipinos won their case, the government could not refuse if they later applied to bring their spouses and children."

Why past tense should be used after "if", although it has not yet confirmed to occur?

 

 

 

 

link comment answered Aug 17 '11 at 03:03 Lakshmi kuppuswami New member
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if it's possible to delete this post

link comment answered Sep 03 '13 at 14:09 Abhishek chandan New member

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