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Tense Consistency and Conditional Verb tense

Discussion in 'Language & Culture' started by Damian.zc, Aug 2, 2020 at 2:35 PM.

  1. Damian.zc

    Damian.zc Guest

    I had just told someone that someone couldn't join our study group because he didn't have a good enough foundation.

    As a reply, someone wished to say, "If he joins / joined our study group, he would get better at English as time goes / went on."

    My real question is on the last half. Should it be "goes on" or "went on." I know "would" has many uses other than it's ability to express the past tense, but I am unsure if it is always necessary to keep accompanying verbs in the past tense as well.

    Thank you.

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