Questions tagged [conditional-constructions]

For questions about constructions which associate a hypothetical or imagined 'condition' with a 'consequence' which is inferred to be true if the 'condition' is true OR predicted to occur if the 'condition' occurs. "If John arrives tonight we will have a party."

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yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted

The following is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'm wondering whether the boldfaced part is likely to have been "would we be": Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life ...
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Can you reword conditional setence in subjunctive and still retain the same meaning?

For example If he were alive today, he would've supported the independence movement. Here the speaker is talking about somebody who has passed away in a present interview. Wouldn't it be more ...
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Can I use “I was” in the second conditional structure?

I know that I should write "I were" in the following sentence, but I wonder whether writing "I was" is grammatically acceptable. I'd prepare well for the interview if I was in ...
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Understanding second conditional

If I had a day off from work next week, I would go to the beach. What does this mean ? 1). I know that there is little possibility for day off next week and imagining if I have a day off next week 2)...
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Greece had not been enslaved

The following is an extract from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Is the "had not been" correct? Should it have been "would not have been"? "A human being in perfection ought ...
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Using “can” in if clause

Original text : (If they had done it, we would be at peace now ) What if I want to add a form of "can" to the if clause!! Would it be right to say (If they could have done it,we would be at ...
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Why is the phrase “applied for” used in the past tense here?

The paragraph I have a question with: If I were in a position where I were a principal hiring teachers, I would definitely hire Leah. She would be an asset to any teaching staff, and judging her by ...
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Is it correct way to use second conditional in this sentence?

I got a question from my english teacher if I wanted to participate in October in a course on new rules and I want to answer using second conditional: If there wasn’t another option, I would be ...
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If I had time so much to do… vs If I managed so much to do

Are both sentences correct? Have they got the same meaning? Which one is better to use? I have a lot to do today. If I had time so much to do, we could go out. I have a lot to do today. If I ...
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When you speak to Richard, you will ask him… vs When you speak to Richard, you ask him

Are both sentences correct? What is the difference in the meaning? When you speak to Richard, will ask him about his new job. When you speak to Richard, ask him about his new job. TIA
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to get some sleep vs to get enough sleep [closed]

Are both sentences are correct? How to say better if I say about sleeping during 8-10 hours - "to get enough sleep"? If you go to bed early tonight, you have enough time to get some sleep. If ...
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I was thinking, if you are/were interested, you could

I was thinking, if you are / were interested, you could come over to dinner tomorrow. Could someone please tell me if are and were are both natural here?
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Can you change “I told her to … if …” to “I told her if … to …”?

I told her to take care of the children if anything happens to me. In this sentence, can you move the if-phrase after her? I told her if anything happens to me to take care of the children. (?)
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would be a good time if

a. Now would be a good time to play the guitar if my hand wasn't broken yesterday. b. Now would have been a good time to play the guitar if my hand wasn't broken yesterday. c. Now would have been a ...
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Why the subject is eliminated after “if”?- “I will be able to provide meaningful contributions if accepted.”

First of all, I want to ask whether the below sentence is correct. If so, in the next, why the subject is eliminated after "if"? And finally, is this elimination formal or informal? I will be ...
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“Had you told me earlier” vs “If you had told me earlier.” [duplicate]

I've been asked to give a speech tomorrow. Since I'm not prepared I said: "Had you told me earlier I could've prepared for it." Q 1) Was the response correct? Q 2) Is it the third conditional since ...
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I had been practicing or I practiced

I've always used 'had been' in conditionals but today I was talking with a friend online and before logging in I practiced speaking English with myself for 30 minutes. So I said: "I had been ...
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What type of conditional do we use if were going to use Present Continuous for both clause?

How about if we start using Present Continuous in the If clause? What type of conditional is that? Here’s a sample sentence. “If you are going to date me, you have to watch all the Harry Potter ...
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Could you tell me if this sentence is correct? [closed]

Had you not wanted him to talk so much why not tell him?
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How to use two IF conditions in one sentence?

Please help in framing sentence using two If condition. I will form sentence using below if conditions. if zero conditional. "If I change this data and again someone change this, which data should I ...
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If you didn't/couldn't find it you would've told your father

Jack lost his expensive earpods now his maid found it and told him that she found it in the living room. But Jack is sure that he hasn't been to the living room in the last few days. After listening ...
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Is “if one day I had something to say I would write a book” correct?

is the sentence correct to express something that could happen or not in the future: "If one day I had something to say I would write a book" Thank you all.
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Future “If” clauses and usage of present simple and present continous

what is the difference in the sentence: We won't be able to go out if it is raining. We won't be able to go out if it rains. Or are there interchangable? Thanks a lot.
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“I to have been” instead of “I would have been”?

In Breaking Bad Extras an actor talks about a scene in which he would wish to be part of: ..for some reason that episode is just lodged in my mind and I to have been a fly on the wall or a roach in ...
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Second Conditional

If Jack could teach any type of student, he would choose business students. I have been told that this is the second conditional. However, I am confused as the form for the second conditional is If +...
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How to use would have + past participle without conditionals

I've come across many sentences that contains would have + past participle, I know how to use it in conditionals sentences but my problem is how to use it without conditionals sentences For example ,...
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What's the difference between what I was hoping would happen? vs. What I was hoping that would happen?

The sentence "What I was hoping that would happen?" is possible? If possible, what is the function of that? Is it one of relative pronouns or what? My understanding for "What I was hoping would ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “if I do something” and “if I am going to do something”?

What is the difference in meaning between if I do something and if I am going to do something? For example: If I take a cab, I will be just in time. If I am going to take a cab, I will be just ...
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remove subject in if clause

I was reading a book, and I saw this sentence: They also contain a lot of fat and hydrocarbon which, if eaten in quantity, can result in ... I was wondering whether it is possible to remove ...
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Can I use “If I Would had… I would have + (past participle)” in conditional sentence?

I know how conditional if clause sentences work. But I found situation where someone use "would had" in sentence which looks like III conditional at first sight. "If I'd had my phone with me, I'd ...
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Is “if they could be” conditional? What does it mean?

What is the meaning of following sentence? Is "if they could" a conditional ? It was about this time that Professor William Crookes conducted his inquiries into the medium's powers, and issued ...
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Can I use in a sentence “It could” + if + “it will be”?

The sentence I'm referring to is: It could benefit both banks and households if this measure will be applied wisely. Is it correct? I can't match it with any of the 4 conditionals form.
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Had broken or had been broken

I have never seen any use of 'passive voice' in a conditional sentence before. I was reading a story book and found one of the story characters saying, What would have happened if the bridge had ...
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Using two If clauses in this sentence

I have received an invitation to visit a research lab for "several hours" in a well-known institution for potential hiring. I have provided them with my availability but I followed that with this ...
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mixed conditional: present-tense in the if-clause and “would” in the main clause

I have seen quite a few mixed conditionals, and I'm wondering whether the following is correct: a. If John is in Tokyo now, he would be in a coffee shop. If the above is correct, how does it ...
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Distinguishing present from future in a conditional sentence

Consider the following sentences, used in an email message: I'm going to be on vacation next week. If you need anything, call me. It could mean If you need anything now, call me, because next ...
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Is it a correct conditional sentence?

Today I read the following sentence in the newspaper: "If you have noticed boys who play gully cricket, you would have figured out how they...." Now I have to ask: Is it a correct conditional ...
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How to understand the sentence if it is unreal Conditional Present or future?

a) If you did not study hard, you would not pass the exam. b) If you studied hard, you would pass the exam. b) If I had time, I would visit him. c) if you helped me, I would finish the work early. ...
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Only if do you need

I do not understand why we say this "only if he asks do you need to tell him" instead of this "only if he asks you need to tell him" can you help me please
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non-counterfactual conditional

Is the following correct? I guess it's fine, and it does not express counterfactuality as in "If John were at home now, he would be watching TV." If John is at home now, he would be watching TV. ...
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Second and first conditional difference

What is the difference between these two conditions? If you get a chance (1st conditional) If you got a chance (2nd conditional) Does the first sentence Just means the condition of getting a chance ...
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Were allowed or had been allowed

This is not a bad analogy for global immigration policy. When migrants move from a poor country to a rich one, they typically make three to six times as much money as before. If everyone who ...
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If he had time, he always called in to see us

If he had time, he always called in to see us. The structure of this sentence is making me puzzled. I mean why it could not have been like this- "If he had time, he would have called in to see us." ...
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confusion of conditional constructions

Am I crazy? If I am, would I realize it? Why can't I use will here? I think it is in first conditional form. So will should be used
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“something I’d do as a matter of course had I not been under Atticus’s interdict” — why “I'd do” and “had I not been”?

From To Kill a Mockingbird: In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of “You just be a gentleman, son,” and the phase of self-conscious ...
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“What if you asked him if the sun rise / rose in the east?” Universal truth

Two confusing sentences: What if you asked him if he love / loved you? What if you asked him if the sun rise / rose in the east? (universal truth) Is there any rule that we should use only ...
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Replying to “Shall we…” with “…if we shall”

My friend asked me: Shall we head up to the North again? I'm wondering about the suggestion. Is it correct to answer with: I am wondering if we shall? or: I am wondering if we should? Also,...
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If clause with passive sentences

Which one is correct? If you select this mode, no more question is asked. If you select this mode, no more question will be asked.
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Type 3 conditional vs mixed conditional

I have to comment on the following situation using an if clause (i.e. write a conditional sentence regarding the given situation) : They never agree to anything I suggest. That's how they lost ...

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