0

I've seen the sentence below in The TV show Friends.

If little Joey's dead, then I got no reason to live.

But I think it should be

If little Joey's dead, then I would/should/might get no reason to live.

0

The sentence is ungrammatically spoken intentionally to show a regional accent or a poorly educated speaker. Your change is insufficient to make it correct, though you're going in the right direction. It could be corrected with "would have..."

If little Joey's dead, then I would have no reason to live.

Or, to be pedantic,

If little Joey were to die, then I would have no reason to live. [If he is already dead, why use the subjunctive?]

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.