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Joe Kim
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 3:39:38 PM

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This is from a movie. It says, "if I leave his body, the sword would be useless."

Instead of left and would, leave and would form is used. Is this still correct?
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 5:15:20 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
This is from a movie. It says, "if I leave his body, the sword would be useless."

Instead of left and would, leave and would form is used. Is this still correct?

No, it's not, but you would certainly hear people saying it in casual conversation.

One could say "If I were to leave his body, the sword would be useless."
One could say "If I leave his body the sword will be useless."
Or, as you noted, "left" / "would be" is another acceptable combination.
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