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Hello, everyone,

Supposing ‘1’ and '2' are correct, is there a way that ‘3’ can be acceptable? I highly doubt that that might be the case.

1. I read somewhere that if I was worried that the course of action that I was to embark upon/had embarked upon was not the right one, I should do XYZ.

2. I read somewhere that if I was worried that the course of action that I was to embark upon/had embarked upon was not the right one, it would be advisable to do XYZ.

3. I read somewhere that if I was worried that the course of action that I was to embark upon/had embarked upon was not the right one, to do XYZ.

Thanks.

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ahmad posted:
3. I read somewhere that if I was worried that the course of action that I was to embark upon/had embarked upon was not the right one, to do XYZ.

Hi, Ahmad: (3) is incorrect. (Your other two examples are fine.) Don't be thrown off by the "if"-clause. The reason (3) doesn't work is that you can't "read that to do something." You can say: "I was instructed/told in something I read somewhere to do XYZ if I was worried that . . . ."

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