Is it correct to say:

"If someone was born in the 90s, he's now over 15."

If yes what kind of conditional is it?

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    It is a set-identifying inferential conditional, and entirely OK. Like many, many English conditionals it does not conform to any of the 'canonical' types. "1st, 2nd, 3rd conditional" are not actual linguistic categories but teaching devices employed to familiarize students with a handful of common forms. – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 30 '16 at 19:34

Yes, the phrase is right, bur most correctly you might use "would be". Then:

If someone was born in the 90s, he would be now over 15.

The kind of conditional is the "Sencond conditional" beacuse is a hypothetical situation. It's formed with "if+past simple + would/could/might+verb".

  • 1) Your rewrite is acceptable, but it is not "more correct" than the original. It's just different. 2) Your rewrite is not what is usually taught as "2nd conditional", which calls for "If someone were born" to express an unreal condition. Not that it matters, since "2nd conditional" doesn't have any actual linguistic meaning. – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 30 '16 at 21:40
  • @StoneyB : what do you mean by "2nd conditional" doesn't have any actual linguistic meaning. – Vadi Jan 30 '16 at 23:11
  • @Vadi Such statement probably was meant for the context given in your sentence. – Alejandro Jan 31 '16 at 1:50
  • @Vadi "1st, 2nd, 3rd conditional" are terms used by teachers to introduce students to conditional constructions. They only name a fraction of all conditionals, and the ones they name are just forms, which don't always mean what the teachers tell you they mean. – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 31 '16 at 2:52

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