Hey all, I'm currently in a little bit of a predicament. Please consider this conversation: Manager: Ready for your first management meeting? I see you've prepped a list of questions to ask the big boss. Recently-promoted staff member: Yes sir, I am. I'm nervous, though. We all know how bad-tempered she can be, especially if she thinks we're not going by the book. What if it ended up badly and I got fired as a result? Manager: Don't be silly! She wouldn't do that. Besides, you're only asking, not questioning her policies. You'll be fine, don't worry. Here are the questions: Is the bold text grammatically correct and/or appropriate? Is "What if it ends up badly and I get fired as a result?" less, equally or more correct and/or appropriate? Do the rules for conditional sentences apply to this question?