There are three structures that I remember but can't say if they are correct or say the differences. I would be thankful if you could tell me!

  1. I would be very thankful if you spend your time on this.
  2. I would be very thankful if you spent your time on this.
  3. I would be very thankful if you could/would spend your time on this.
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    Construction 1 is ungrammatical, whereas 2 and 3 sound good, with 3 being even more tentative/polite (and, in my experience as a non-native speaker of English, more common), and with would being the usual choice, even though there isn't much difference between could and would there. Moreover, you'd usually see grateful there instead of thankful. In a very formal style, all the words are spelled out as in your examples; in a neutral/informal style, the woulds are shortened to just 'ds: I'd be very grateful if you'd... – I'm not sure about the rest of your sentence(s). – userr2684291 Mar 25 '18 at 21:42
  • @userr2684291 thank you, can we use the construction "I will be grateful if you do..." ? – parvin Mar 26 '18 at 13:21
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    Yes, but it's less polite than both 2 and 3. – userr2684291 Mar 26 '18 at 17:48

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