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In my office I wrote an application part of which reads'it is better if you take a look at my loan papers' This happened twice. are the sentences incorrect? I could have written'It will be better/it would be better 'if you take a look at my loan papers' which of the three sentences are correct and appropriate? or I could have written 'it would have been better if you had taken a look at my loan papers"
But There was no uproar. I think there is no need to change the original sentence-'It is better if you take a look at my loan papers" THE TELEGRAPH daily English news paper of KOLKATA, INDIA published two articles not very long ago which endorses my view.

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  1. It is better if you take a look at my loan papers.

  2. It will be better if you take a look at my loan papers.

  3. It would be better if you take a look at my loan papers.

  4. If you take a look at my loan papers [needs a verb and predicate]

Sentence 1 would work perfectly fine. You're saying that looking at the papers is better than not looking at them.

Sentence 2 is is grammatically okay but doesn't work as well. I think the reason is that "will be better" implies a situation that can be improved, not one that is superior to another.

If you say "It will be better in the morning" you're talking about one thing improving, and comparing itself at different points in time, not comparing that one thing to a different thing that exists at the same time.

In sentence 3, you're using the subjunctive mood with would be. This is the best option because the subjunctive mood is used to express a suggestion.

Sentence 4 is incomplete. It needs a verb/predicate, but once it has one, it could be just as usable as Sentence 3. For example:

If you take a look at my loan papers, you will better see what I am talking about.

  • @rpeinhardt-another point was in my mind,who is superior in official position and the application will be read by a number of employees. so perhaps it is not correct to write 'it is better' to an officer occupying very higher position.the initiative was mine and the onus of making everything clear is on me .i may have to hear unpleasant reply if I am wrong.but if you clarify i will be happy. user 26375 – user26375 Jan 12 at 13:45
  • @rpeinhardt- As for using subjunctive mood in this context I think the sentence'it would have been better if you had taken a look at my loan papers is equally acceptable and subjunctive mood has been used..your recommendation'it would be better if you take a look at my loan papers' sounds very good, valid and appropriate. But if am I wrong or right about the three options and if there is any grammatical error please inform. user 26375 – user26375 Jan 12 at 18:10
  • @user263 I've adjusted my answer to include more detail. I hope that helps! – rpeinhardt Jan 12 at 18:44
  • @rpeinhardt-your answer is of immense help. user 26375 – user26375 Jan 12 at 23:52

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