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Can one say
a. I am ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.

b. I will be ready if he starts a fight. I hope he won't.

c. I am ready for him to start a fight. I hope he won't.



d. Be ready if he starts a fight.

e. Be ready for him to start a fight.

?

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Azz,

Sorry I don't have time to go through all of these right now. (I find them all to be correct grammatically, but with subtle differences in meaning.) I just wanted to push my own contender into the ring:

f: I am ready in case he starts a fight. I hope he doesn't.
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