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It's said that 2nd conditional are used to talk about unreal and impossible things but i think it is possible things. Here are some examples of 2nd conditionals :

1.if people complained ,things would change. (Does it mean I'm wishing people to complain in future to get the things changed ? )

2.if i didn't have headache, i would go to the party.

(Does it mean I'm wishing me to be healthy or i have headache now ?)

Things getting chanded and going to the party is possible if the required conditions are fullfilled. But why it's said to be impossible?

I'm confused in their meanings could you please make me clear ?

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  1. If people complained, things would change.

---> People aren't complaining, so it's impossible for the things to change.

  1. If I didn't have a headache, I would go to the party.

---> I have a headache now, so it's impossible for me to go to the party.

If the conditions do get fulfilled, it should be possible for these things to happen maybe in the future or some other time, but based on the situation at the moment, they are impossible to happen or unreal. I found these two sites that explain about the second conditional:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/second-conditional.html http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/grammar-the-2nd-second-conditional/

I hope you find them helpful:)

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  • Do you mean 2nd conditional is used while talking about an event in present and we wish or imagin it would be different than present situation to happen something ? For example: # suppose it's sunny day and i image and say like this: >If it rained, i would get wet.
    – yubraj
    May 9, 2016 at 9:00
  • Yes! Or at least that's how I learned.
    – Mikiko
    May 9, 2016 at 9:07
  • What if i say , if it rains if I'll wet. Can't. I say like this at that situation in sunny day ?
    – yubraj
    May 9, 2016 at 9:40
  • If + [sentence that describes what is not the reality], [result from that]. Therefore, the result will always not be something that's possible or real, right?
    – Mikiko
    May 9, 2016 at 9:51
  • Yea, you can only use that ”If it rained/rains...” only when it's not raining.
    – Mikiko
    May 9, 2016 at 9:54

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