Hi, could you please tell me which one is the correct?

1)if you had been G.Bush would you have attacked ıraq? ..or,

2)İf you were G.Bush would you attack ıraq?

if you had a chance to talk to Obama what would you say?
3) i would say that Usa is/was more powerful country now.

in this sentence i'm talking about present situation,but the question is hypothetical.
How should i answer it, in real or in hypothetical?


Thanks.
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No. 2 is correct, Soguksu, except that you didn't begin the sentence with a capital I and you neglected to put a comma after Bush.

No. 2 is correct because you're talking about a situation completely in the past, so we need to place the verbs in the past subjunctive/conditional forms.

In the question before no. 3, you have the same problems as in the other two. You need a capital I at the beginning of the question and a comma after Obama.

The answer: I would say that the US(A) is the most powerful country now.

One thing about such sentences is that you can mix something hypothetical (I would say ...) with something factual (the USA is the most powerful country now).

ADDENDUM: I have to apologize. I wasn't focusing on what I was writing because I was being distracted by all sorts of problems. Shame on me! Thank you for rescuing me, Rachel! I mentioned the situation is in the past, and yet I accidentally wrote the present tense version. Yipes! Sorry, everybody.
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1)if you had been G.Bush would you have attacked Iraq? ..or,

2)İf you were G.Bush would you attack ıraq?

Well, these sentences have to be tempered with what we know is reality.

Number 1) is correct since it obviously means if you had been George Bush (when he was president, from 2000-2008), would you have attacked Iraq at that time.

We know that George Bush is still alive, but the meaning of 'you' + 'have attacked' is limited to the time when he had authority.

So, I think the sentence has to be:

  • If you had been George Bush, would you have attacked Iraq?

    Richard is correct, of course, with 'if you were George Bush,' but George Bush no longer has the authority to attack anyone.
  • Thanks, Richard and Rachel for your answers.

    And the last one..

    when i say a condition centence-1 said by someone, should i turn the present verb into the past verb?if so, is there any misunderstanding?

    she says if she goes to Paris, she will visit her parents.

    -she said if she goes/went to Paris, she will/would visit her parents...

    imo, in this sentence the fact is still actual and possible so it shouldn't be changed, and also it could be understood like condition 2.

    Thanks.
    A reporting verb in the past tense governs the verbs that follow it and depend on it. It causes those verbs to be in a past tense too. This sentence is natural:

  • She said that if she went to Paris, she would visit her parents...

    The sentence means that she might visit her parents in Paris, if indeed she goes there. However, she is not planning to go. She might consider going at a future time.

    We can also say:

  • She said that if she goes to Paris, she will visit her parents...

    In this sentence, she actually might go to Paris and visit her parents. The event is closer and more possible.
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