that would be a crime

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that would be a crime

Post by navi » Sat Jan 29, 2022 6:18 am

Are these sentences correct:

1) He can't threaten us. If he does it, that would be a crime.


2) He can't threaten other people. When he does it, that is a crime.


Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: that would be a crime

Post by Phil White » Sat Jan 29, 2022 5:30 pm

Sentence 1 would need to be something like "He can't threaten us. If he does, it would be a crime". But I guess most people would go for something along the lines of "It would be a criminal offence for him to threaten us."

I really can't make much sense of sentence 2 at all, at least not with "when". If you use "if", you could form sentences analogous to those I offered for sentence 1.
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