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Posted by **rfvv** on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2:24am.

(What is the tense of Sentence 2? Is #2 in the past tense or the present tense?)

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**Writeacher**, Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:03amThe verb in sentence 2 is in the subjunctive mood.

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-subjunctive.htm

So even though it seems to be in the past tense, it isn't. The "what if" makes it something imagined, not real. Therefore, it's in the subjunctive.

A problem I see in sentence 2 that you didn't ask about is the pronoun "they." What is its antecedent?

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