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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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Using “would” + present simple in a conditional sentence

While watching a tv-series, I saw this sentence: A: I wonder what she will be wearing tonight. Do you think she'll be in her high school field hockey uniform? That'd be crazy, right? B: ...
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“Didn't” or “Wouldn't” in this context?

I have just watched a scene from a show where they said this: Person 1: Imagine you were home alone, feeling sick, what would you do? Person 2: I would call my mom. Person1 : And if she ...
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Using will in interrogatives?

I really find it difficult to frame a proper English sentence. I want to ask if this sentence is correct or not: will she be happy if she comes to know that you bought it from the stolen money? ...
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“If it should” vs “If it does” vs “Should it”

What is the difference between: 1) If my car should break down, please, call the mechanic. 2) If my car breaks down, please, call the mechanic. 3) Should my car break down, please, call ...
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to emphasize an possible affect, should I use future continuous tense or future tense?

The professor is talking about some rules related to databases. He makes the statement That means I cannot add this tuple to the solution. Because if I do, it will be introducing a duplicate. ...
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How to express hypothetical judgements for hypothetical situations?

I don't think this viral video deserves its fame, on the other hand, I probably wouldn't be saying that if there wasn't some intricate marketing behind it. Is this a way to express ...
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Conditional in the Past

We say: If he comes, I will help him What if we add "She knew"? She knew that if he came I would help him Is it correct? What if we say: If he has arrived by April, I would help him And then "...
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Can/will vs could/would in IF clause

I have a question about can vs could in the IF clause. If you could contact us directly, it would be helpful. If you can contact us directly, it will be helpful. Which one do you think is ...
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Whether to use second or third conditional sentence

I have read about conditional sentences over here, now I have to form a conditional sentence but I am not sure whether it should be in second or third conditional sentence. Do either of the following ...
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Usage of “would” and “could” in If clause

I wonder, whether it is grammatically correct to say "it would be great if you could do this for me"? I'm aware of the second conditional's existence, though I don't want to imply the meaning "it is ...
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Conditional sentences - usage of “shall” in main clause

I read here that in first type of conditional sentences, simple future is used in the main clause. However, it was not clear if only will should be used or shall can also be used. For example below ...
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Past Perfect in Future in the Past

I want to see how the below sentence will be in Future in the Past When you have finished your work by the morning, I will be very glad What if we add "He knew" making all of this Future in the Past ...
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Is “ Had it not been him, it would be more complicated.” more correct than “ Had it not been him, it would've been more complicated.”

Which statement would be more preferable " Had it not been him, it would be more complicated." or : " Had it not been him, it would've been more complicated." ? Thank you.
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“If I was” vs “If I am” vs “If I become” vs “I would be”?

Which sentence is better to use? "Please active my trial, if I was happy, I'll switch to paid version." "Please active my trial, if I am happy, I'll switch to paid version." "Please active my ...
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Which tense fits the context best? (“would win” or “won”)

Which tense fits the context best? The Super Grocery Store organized a competition for kids. Whoever could guess the correct number of jellybeans in the big jar, would win a prize. The Super ...
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Usage of “will” with “if” clause in conditional sentences

I have read that "will" should not be used with "if" clause in conditional sentences. However, I feel that below sentence is grammatically correct even though "will" is used with "if" clause. Could ...
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If will - sentence structure

Please read below an example: You should discuss with her the consequences of her providing consent. If she will not provide consent, then you should consider whether you are able to continue to ...
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past simple or past perfect with an if sentence

I would not worry if the parcel was sent or had been sent surface , but you told me it had been sent airmail I think the first one is very close to this "if I was rich , I would be happy". BUT as the ...
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We can change the encounter on next Sunday if you will have time

We can change the encounter on next Sunday if you will have time. I am not sure if in the above sentence "will" should be omitted. Not sure how the English grammar describes this kind of conditional ...
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Conditionals “when talking about possible events in present”

Conditionals always make me confused. My question is that when I want to build a sentence relating to possible events in the present time. Which conditional form should I use? For example, I am ...
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if the output were executed (conditional sentences)

In the sentence below, I'd like to see if "were executed" is correct in the context and if it sounds acceptable to the native ear. What would the output be, e.g. on the computer screen, if the ...
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Is “If he had come tomorrow, I would have gone.” grammatically correct

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If he had come tomorrow, I would have gone. I am trying to convey that He will not come and I can't go. Does it convey the same meaning? Can "If +had ...
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Difference in meaning using Would + present or simple past

I'm wondering what the difference is between these two phrases. What would happen if aliens visited Earth? What would happen if aliens visit Earth? Am I right in thinking that the first phrase ...
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Conditional and participle

I came across a website that says past participle can also be used to replace conditional clause. For example: Given the choice, most people would want to choose good health over good fortune. ( ...
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What message does “should you decide to accept” really convey?

In 'Mission Impossible' movies a recurring phrase is ... your mission, should you decide to accept it, is ... Which of the below alternatives best catches the true meaning of the sentence? ... ...
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Third conditional with modals in both sentences - can it look the same?

2nd conditional: I would leave if I could. 3rd conditional: I would have left if I could --the same form of "could" but I would have left if I could have used the car. Is that correct? Is ...
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Can "if + past simple be used in not conditional meaning?

I was told not to use the "if + past simple" construction outside of the second conditional, but is that truly correct? What about: A hundred years ago, people could bury their relatives in their ...
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visit a garden in the north, and you could be

I was told that a bare infinitive phrase followed by "and" and a sentence could mean "if ... then ...." For example, "Give John 10 dollars, and he will ask for 100 dollars" means "If you give John 10 ...
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Should hypothetical sentences be past tense all throughout?

Should it be past tense all throughout when writing hypothetical sentences? If I were to imitate someone who was currently famous, it would be Hugh Laurie. If I were to imitate someone who is ...
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How to use 'I learned that if I faced' in its reported-speech kind of context

It is said that in reported speech, verbs tense will change. Also, when using 'if', verb tenses change. So what is the correct form of the below sentence? I learned that if I faced another question ...
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Verb tenses question

I'm doing my homework and I can't figure out the answer of this exercise. It says: Even if I (...) I still wouldn't copy in a test. A. Didn't study B. Wouldn't study C. Hadn't studied I think ...
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Grammatical correctness of the following sentence if and would

This is the sentence I am trying to understand grammatically In fact, if you want to go on a diet, one of the first things a dietician in Sri Lanka would tell you is to moderate the use of coconut ...
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Is “If I was just counting the number of people” apt in this context?

Rui: Hey, Momo. Um, do you have plenty of experience being in relationships? Momo: Did you hear that from someone? I wouldn't call it plenty, but If I was just counting the number of people......
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Choice of Conditionals

Could you help me with Conditionals? Let's say it's Tuesday and I say to my friend: I planned to visit Jane on Friday but I heard she'd gone on holiday. Can I paraphrase the above sentence with ...
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What does it mean? “She is the last person who you would have down as a cheat.”

I have seen this sentence on a newspaper. It is about a case in which a husband is worried about his wife cheating on him...". Here is sentence: "...I love her so much. I honestly thought she was ...
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How to use conditional “if” in this situation?

Which one of those 2 versions is the corrent one? 1. "If I wanted to tell you who I am, I'd have done it already." 2. "If I had wanted to tell you who I am, I'd have done it already."
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Articles in zero conditional

I've been learning zero conditional, almost all examples use the example with ice cream, tutorials say that in this example we do not use article because it's in general, but I can't find any specific ...
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If she were… would have coped

I was supposed to fill the blank without changing a meaning of the first sentence. She is not self-confident enough; that’s why she did not cope with the situation then. If she were more self-...
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Had Andrew a little patient… - error in the example sentence?

At https://www.learngrammar.net/a/examples-of-inversion-used-in-conditional-sentences there's one example which I think has an error in it. Specifically Had Andrew a little patient, he could have ...
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Which conditional if sentence should I use in this situation?

A: I can know the future. You better not to call the police. B: If you really knew the future, you would know that I've already called the police. After googling, For speaker (B), I excluded ...
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Conditional: I would be planning

Brief question: If I were a teacher, I would be planning a trip there twice a year. Is it ok to use a gerund in the main clause? Is the usage correct? Thanks in advance.
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Why sometimes it is correct not to put a comma after an if-clause?

There is a recommendation to put a comma after an if-clause which is placed at the beginning of a sentence. For example: If there was the time when songs like this were not needed, I would not live ...
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Explain this conditional sentence

If I were taller, I would not buy those heels. Does this mean I still have the opportunity to get tall and if I become tall in near future, I will not buy heels? Or have I already bought the heels ...
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Can you use 'were to' in if-clauses to freely represent a real situation?

It is often said (as here and here) that 'were to V' in if-clauses represents an unlikely future in a hypothetical world, and must be accompanied by a hypothetical main clause having 'would', 'could', ...
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Why I need to use `at` with games

I would like to understand why do I need to use at with games? For example, He would be better at tennis if he practiced well. Why I used at here and not in or on?
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“Had not gone” or “didn't go” and “every night” in conditional

You’re always tired. If you had not gone to bed so late every night, you wouldn’t be tired all the time. Or: If you didn’t go to bed so late every night, you wouldn’t be tired all the time. I'...
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Could/could've- which of the two indicates that something has no chance of happening?

If there's no chance of something happening in the future, what tense do we use to indicate that? Let's say I have a friend whom I'm not meeting tomorrow, and they call me and say "If you came over ...
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“I wouldn't have said anything”

In Desperate Housewives Season 1 Episode 1, Julie (the daughter) told Susan (the mother) to ask Mike out. Susan said she didn't know if she's ready to start dating. SUSAN: I don't wanna talk to you ...
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“if at all” repeats main-clause subject and verb?

Is "if at all" of the following understood as "(even) if the new law helps new immigrants at all"? The new law will fail to help new immigrants significantly, if at all. I'd appreciate your help.
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Using Conditionals

To complete the following sentence with a suitable form of the verb in bracket, I used past perfect (hadn't come),** but the answer key says the correct tense is past simple (didn't come).** I ...