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I would be very happy in my job if I earned a large salary

I will be very happy in my job if I earn a large salary

I would be very happy if I earn a large salary

I guess the first sentence is subjunctive mood, indicating I do not earn a large salary at the moment while the second is first conditional talking about a general sentiment. What about the third one? Is it correct? And if so, what is the difference between the second one and the third one. Does it express the same meaning simply less definitely?

Edit: fixed an elemtentary mistake and expand the question to include a third option.

  • I earns a large salary is wrong. – KillingTime Apr 11 at 11:07
  • Your second sentence (if you correct the verb) seems to be predicting a hypothetical future in which you will have a well-paid job. The first could be wishing for a higher salary in your current job. – Kate Bunting Apr 11 at 11:48
  • Hi, could you expand on what is wrong with earn a salary? Is Money better? – jxhyc Apr 11 at 11:51
  • @jxhyc The problem is "I earns". That isn't the correct way to conjugate the first person, it should be "I earn". – Barmar Apr 11 at 22:23
  • oops, pretty basic mistake on my part – jxhyc Apr 12 at 10:27

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