Why is the following sentence wrong?

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Why is the following sentence wrong?

Post by Nerve » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:53 pm

I know it should be "will" but why???????

"The sellers in the souk were very aggressive. If you don’t have determination, your purse would be empty."

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Re: Why is the following sentence wrong?

Post by Alan » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:16 am

A conditional sentence with a present tense form (don't) as the main verb cannot be combined with a subordinate clause with 'would(n't)'. I suggest that you check the rules relating to the formation of conditional sentences at the ESL Learning Centre!

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