Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence?

If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her.

If she wanted to please me, she would pretend that she was/is happy.

If I were you, I would imagine I was/am going to pass the exam.

If I were you, I would say that I didn't/don't want to join his team.

But, I am quite sure in some cases, verbs should be in the appropriate tense that can describe the situation.

"If you had the sense of humor, you would enjoy what I am talking about."(a case that I am telling a funny story, but you don't understand it)

What do you guys think about the sequence of verb tense in IF condition or subjunctive mood?

  • A similar question has been already answered here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/77887/… You might find answers to your questions. – Sankarane Jul 17 '15 at 18:54
  • That you will persist in this error about tenses in noun clauses fills me with despair and has done so for a long time. – deadrat Jul 17 '15 at 19:02

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