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Why Can't we use Verb+ed to tell future?

Example:

If he changed this in the future, his future will be xyz.

If suppose by mistake I changed this software code, will the employee get more salary next month?

Is above sentence construction is correct?

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  • they should be have+v-ed, If he has changed this in the future, his future will be xyz. If by mistake I have changed this software code, will the employee get more salary next month?
    – Elizabeth
    Apr 21, 2020 at 8:11

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With changed, or were to change, you need would. This is a hypothetical situation.

The future would be "If I change the code, will the employee get more salary?

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"Second" conditional:

= If he changed this, his future would be bright.

simple past in the first clause, would + infinitive in the second clause.

Also conditional ("first" conditional)

If you study this example, you will understand. [present tense + will + infinitive]

[There is no future in these examples as they are conditionals/]

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