I will shoot you a message, if you ___ available, we can play!

So, what verb should I use here? "were" or "are"?

  • You need a full stop ('period') after either "message" or "available". What are you trying to say? (I don't know how you 'shoot' messages but perhaps your playmate does.) Apr 8, 2021 at 23:34
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    You need the present tense of the verb: "If you are available we can play." (You could also say, "If you were available we could play.") Apr 8, 2021 at 23:49
  • @OldBrixtonian The thing that I’m trying to say is that in the possible future, if you become available, we can play. Cause once, in the ELL, they told me that I shouldn’t use were as it shows something that could be possible but it didn’t happen and this will show a possible thing that if had happened, the result would happen and from then on, I got so confused over using these verbs cause from the things I have learnt, I know that I can say: If in future you were available, we could play. So is it correct to use were for future? And are is correct when we’re talking about future? Apr 9, 2021 at 14:58
  • @OldBrixtonian And yeah 😅😅, we say shoot a message 😅😅😂😂. Apr 9, 2021 at 14:59
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    @OldBrixtonian I see. Great. I’ll check those out now. Thanks for your time. I really appreciate it. If you’d like, maybe add your stuff as an answer so that I can mark it as the answer... Apr 13, 2021 at 1:03


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