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Is this sentence grammatically correct: "If I were David, I would be a better student"

Should the present perfect tens preceded by "would" be always in the second part of the sentence ? as in "If I were David, I would have been a better student"

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Yes! Because of "if I were David" it is applying to the correct mood, subjunctive mood, as it is making a contrary to fact statement. If you had put instead "if I was David" it would be in the indicative mood, therefore indicating a fact. So yes, this sentence is correct. also, you can keep it as it is or make it "if I were David I would have been a better student." they are both correct.

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Yes, you need the "would" word.

Although, I would put a "then" into both sentences too. As shown below:

If I were David, then I would be a better student
If I were David, then I would have been a better student.

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the comma acts as a replacement for the word "then'", so it is not necessary. if you want to put "then", there is no need for the comma. sorry, i'm sort of a grammar nazi.
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yes it's correct

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yes it is!

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