While I find it pretty intuitive with non-conditional sentences, I can't wrap my head around the proper sequence of tenses in utterances that utilize conditionals.
- I'll make sure you will be/are safe.
I'm pretty sure that second will is redundant, yet I've heard such sentences being spoken that way numerous times, and eventually it left me baffled. Personally I'd opt for the "are" option.
- Imagine you are a famous actor invited to Academy Awards Ceremony. You would surely do your best to make people remember you and not cause any scandal. You would take care of your hair, invest in a stunning suit and even rent an unextraordinary limo so that people would be dazzled.
I'm not 100% positive whether these sentences are comprehensible and correct. If I make longer predictions using "would", is the single use of that modal verb enough, or should I somehow repeat it with separated verbs a few times throughout the utterance, to make it all more viable? Or perhaps the last part could well go away with "so that people ARE dazzled"?
- If you were trapped in a cell not unlike the one known from The Pit and the Pendulum, where your ankles were/are being constantly bitten by the army of hungry rats, what would you do to escape?
I guess this example puzzles me the most. Again, I'm imagining an unreal situation, but I want my description to be robust, yet confined within one sentence. Should I stick to the past tense because of the conditional, or do the rats take a lively part in my vision and thus are animated with the present tense?