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#210169 - 03/29/13 07:31 PM Re: "The last time I saw Paris ..." [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
One could say the same is true of the
very busy residents of New York City.


Somebody once ran a test of willingness of people to help out someone in need. They ran the test in New York City and Memphis. They had someone stopping pedestrians and asking for a small sum of money for a good purpose. The good citizens of Memphis were much more willing to help out than were the citizens of NYC. Then they figured that maybe they weren't playing on a level playing field since the NYCers would have many more demands upon their generosity. So they seeded the Memphis crowd with beggars that the Memphis folks would have to pass by before meeting the target. The NYC folks did far better than the Memphis folk in this adjusted test.

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#210176 - 03/30/13 11:24 AM Re: "The last time I saw Paris ..." [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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I'll bite, why not Oslo?
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#210177 - 03/30/13 12:02 PM Re: If I win / won ... [Re: Lionel Koh]
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I notice that the original question has only been answered partially.

saying:
if you win 1 million dollars, please give me some
This definitely and correctly refers to a future possibility.

saying:
if you won 1 million dollars, please give me some
the phrase refers to a past fact, i.e. the beggar has been told that you won.
The other possibility is the past subjunctive mood. In that case the first part of the sentence would refer to a hypothetical (irreal) possibility (like "if I were a rich man") - and your original second part would not fit it, as Branshea correctly remarked.

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#210182 - 03/31/13 12:34 AM Re: If I win / won ... [Re: wsieber]
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You win, wsieber. You won my heart with this one.
But if, for example, I won 1 million dollars I will not give you none. smile

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#210186 - 03/31/13 10:54 AM Re: "The last time I saw Paris ..." [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
I'll bite, why not Oslo?


I guess you have to live there to really understand. The capital of Norway is just one fair-sized provincial town and has no real sense of urgency. It's a nice place, if a bit boring! Mind you, it may have changed since I was there, which was quite a while ago!
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#210189 - 03/31/13 12:19 PM Re: "The last time I saw Paris ..." [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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Originally Posted By: Rhubarb Commando
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
I'll bite, why not Oslo?


I guess you have to live there to really understand. The capital of Norway is just one fair-sized provincial town and has no real sense of urgency. It's a nice place, if a bit boring! Mind you, it may have changed since I was there, which was quite a while ago!



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