Actually I thought in 2nd conditionals, the if clause is in past tense and main clause in would form (don't know its tense, probably present). But here today I was reading something and found this, here Person A is asking person B how would your father react if you told him about your dreams. then person B says,

He'd tell me to go with my gut and that he'd be proud of me no matter what I did.

Every thing is fine but why did the writer use past tense (did) in it, not just do, like He'd be proud of me no matter what I do?

  • The tense of "what I do/did" is irrelevant to the conditional. "no matter what I do" is an adverbial phrase modifying proud.
    – user81561
    Sep 26, 2021 at 20:00
  • So sir here the person B is talking about the things he did right? No the things he doing ?
    – risk player
    Sep 26, 2021 at 20:02
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    The tense of "what I did" is vague. It relates to actions that the person might have done under those conditions.
    – user81561
    Sep 26, 2021 at 20:09
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    This displays "backshifting" of tenses. Compare He will be proud no matter what I do and He would be proud no matter what I did. We match do to will and did to would. thoughtco.com/… Sep 27, 2021 at 2:00
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    Writing wanna will make people think less of you. And we don't believe in numbered conditionals here. They're just a facile fib told to EFL students, one that's overtly harmful.
    – tchrist
    Sep 27, 2021 at 3:09


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