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a***@gmail.com
2017-08-12 09:10:24 UTC
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1) He had a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
2) He has a year to live if he doesn't do anything about his condition.
3) He was given a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
4) If he didn't do anything about his condition, he was given a year to live.


Are the sentences grammatical?
Are they idiomatic?

I think '4' doesn't work.

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Navi.
Peter T. Daniels
2017-08-12 13:26:12 UTC
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1) He had a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
2) He has a year to live if he doesn't do anything about his condition.
3) He was given a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
4) If he didn't do anything about his condition, he was given a year to live.
Are the sentences grammatical?
Yes.
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Are they idiomatic?
Yes.
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I think '4' doesn't work.
Only because sentences are not uttered in the middle of nowhere without context.
Harrison Hill
2017-08-12 20:11:58 UTC
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1) He had a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
2) He has a year to live if he doesn't do anything about his condition.
3) He was given a year to live if he didn't do anything about his condition.
4) If he didn't do anything about his condition, he was given a year to live.
All natural English in my BrE. You can mismatch these tenses further:

2a) He will have a year to live if he doesn't do anything about his condition.
3a) He was given a year to live if he doesn't do anything about his condition.
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