3

If we'd all work together, I think we could accomplish our goal

What tense is it? Past or future?

  • The goal has been failed because they didn't work together, or

  • They will have a chance to accomplish them goal if they work together.

2

In this sentence, we'd is an abbreviation for we would, expressing possibility.

would modal verb (POSSIBILITY) (also 'd) used to refer to a ​situation that you can ​imagine ​happening:

If we would all work together, I think we could accomplish our goal

So, your second explanation is correct:

I imagine that we will have a chance to accomplish our goal if we all work together.

| improve this answer | |
  • If the contraction we'd stood for we had instead of we would, though, the first interpretation would be correct. However, were that the case, much of rest of the sentence would need to be modified: If we'd all worked together, I think we could have accomplish our goal. – J.R. Apr 14 '16 at 20:16
  • 1
    @J.R., agreed. Accomplish would also have to become a past participle, though. – JavaLatte Apr 14 '16 at 21:06
2

This conditional deals with “unreal, but likely” situations in the present or future. We call it “unreal” because situation we are describing hasn’t happened yet, and “likely” because we can easily imagine it happening.

  1. it hasn’t happened yet (it’s unreal)

  2. you believe it could happen (it’s likely)

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.