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what's the correct tense here: Is it "the past tense" or "the present tense"? "What if I miss the bus?" "What if I were late to dinner?" "What if I called her tomorrow?" "What if I don't understand?"

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You may use either tense depending on the context or on what you want to convey.

You can even use will:

what if you will go

meaning what if you are willing to go.

Note that I didn’t use “I”: “what if I will go” which is grammatically correct, but illogical, or at least odd since I’m questioning myself if I’m willing to go.

  • why did he use the past tense here:What if I called her tomorrow. Although he talked about future – ahmed anwar Jun 5 '14 at 12:28
  • It’s the same structure (grammatically second conditional) as “If I called her tomorrow then…” – Lucian Sava Jun 5 '14 at 12:32

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