If I had lots of money (A)/I would give some to anybody (B)/ who asked for it (C)/No Error (D)

If the above sentence correct ? Generally the structure /construction is to use would have with had e.g. If he had seen you he would have stopped the car. But I guess had here in above given sentence is acting as main verb so it fine to use would without have in part B of sentence, but what about part C, is that correct ? Perhaps since its a wish of present its better to use asks instead of asked, Am I correct ?

  • @P.E.Dant Don't know why you search for these questions and go as per their solutions, if those solutions were reliable then I , myself could have resolved my doubt by a simple google search, Those searches aren't 'official' solution and as I told earlier 99% of them are wrong, that's the reason I post my doubts here on SE. Moreover It's not Indian Civil service exam, so please don't mention that.
    – user212388
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:10
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    In English, we don't use the noun "doubt" to mean "question". Please consult an English language dictionary to learn about the meaning of "doubt". There is no error in the sentence "If I had lots of money I would give some to anybody who asked for it." We really can't help you with the imaginary version of the language in which these exams are written. (And of course the "Staff Selection Commission" (SSC), from whose exam this question is taken, selects for the civil service.) Jul 21, 2017 at 5:13
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    @P.E.Dant Neither did I ask answer for any sort of imaginary version of the language nor did I mention any such source in my question, It's you who are mentioning it in all my question. I simply put my question hoping to get a answer. In third comment you are mentioning that the there is no error in this sentence, In the first comment itself you could have mentioned that instead of making such hue and cry.
    – user212388
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:20
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    No Error (D). The structure of the main example is different from the example in your explanation. In (A), "had" is the verb. In "If he had seen you...", "had seen" is the verb. So "had" usage is main verb vs. helper verb.
    – user3169
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:36
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    There is no "rule" involved. Adding a source makes it easier to provide a useful answer, especially in the case of "exam" questions, and those which cite journalism and literature. I'm not sure what "few a domain in a few bucks" means. You might benefit from reading this question: ell.stackexchange.com/q/28932/37009 Jul 21, 2017 at 5:45

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Option D, No Improvement.

'Had' is used as the main verb and hence 'would + v1' is absolutely correct, also the sentence is in past, therefore, 'asked' is also correct and hence, no improvement.

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