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Let's say I have a question like this

What would you do if you won a lottery

What's the proper way of answering it?

I would do anything I wanted

or

I would do anything I want

Here's another example

If you were in danger, he would do anything he had to protect you

or

If you were in danger, he would do anything he has to protect you

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The "unreal-past" tense is used with hypotheticals, so wanted is correct:

I would do anything I wanted.

Or

I would go anywhere I pleased.

Or perhaps the most obvious example:

I would skip everywhere I go (wrong)

I would skip everywhere I went (correct)

Neither of the second examples really make sense... can and could make a better example. Again you want the past tense could:

If you were in danger, he would do anything he could to protect you

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  • Thank you for answering! Does the same thing apply to sentences with perfect aspect? e.g. "I'd do what I'd always wanted" instead of "I'd do what I've always wanted"
    – Veritazium
    Jul 17, 2018 at 21:39

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