1. If it should rain tomorrow, the party would not be held.
  2. If I were to be young again, I would go to America to study.
  3. If the sun were to rise in the west, I would not break my word.

(from a Korean English Grammar book)

Present real conditional (1) has its reference time in the future, and present unreal conditional (2) and (3) have their references in the present; so I guess 'would' in all three can be replaced by 'will.' Is this possible?


All three are unusual sentences. They would normally be expressed, at least in speech, as

  1. If it rains tomorrow, the party won’t go ahead.
  2. If I was young again, I’d go to America to study.
  3. Even if the sun rose in the west, I still wouldn’t break my word.
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  • What I wish to know is that in your 2 and 3; can 'would' be replaced by 'will'? – Listenever Apr 7 '13 at 9:21
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    No, not without changing the verb in the ‘if’ clause like this: 'If I’m young again, I’ll go to America to study (unlikely).' 'Even if the sun rises in the west, I still won’t break my word.' – Barrie England Apr 7 '13 at 9:38

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