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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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Is it idiomatic to say “…this would have been equivalent to an increase from X to Y”?

I am seeking help with the construction of the part in bold. Act B replaced Act A. Act A was based on weeks, and Act B is based on hours. The entrance requirement was significantly increased [...
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what would have been

In an email I received, the professor wrote: I am trying to decide how best to proceed with our content for this week. For now, I will post slides for what would have been today's lecture by this ...
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If he didn't have that Mustang

Jack: Oh, yes, principal Trugly is horrible. I got detention for a week just for skipping homeroom. No one can stand her. They call her Ugly Trugly Jack's mom: That is awful! - We used to ...
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“If I do that” vs “if I did that.”

When speaking in the present tense, should I use former or the latter? Should I leave? But if I do/did that, she will (would?) spend the rest of the night drinking alone I checked if I do that and ...
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That would be great if you have one or That would be great if you had one?

Which one is correct? That would be great if you have one or That would be great if you had one?
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Does “whether” need “or not” at the end here?

Should i add "or not" after this sentence ? I want to know whether you would publish the results today. I want to know whether you would publish the results today or not.
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if i carry enough money/ have carried enough money

If I carry enough money, I will definitely go and watch a movie on weekend. vs If I have carried enough money, I will definitely go and watch a movie on weekend. Which one is correct? situation: ...
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tense of the main clause with “if only”

Which tense should be used in the main clause of the following? We tend / would tend to view the earth as capable of regulating itself, if only humans would stop interfering with it. I'd ...
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Conditionals: WILL or WOULD -when it is happening, which one to use?

Let's say you and your girlfriend are dating. Suddenly, she asked you if you love her, then you immediately blushed. Girlfriend: Do you love me? You: (blushing) Of course I do, I won't be ...
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Are native speakers serious about using right conditionals?

After reading English Page’s Conditionals, I wonder how seriously natives speakers take the rules described in the articles. In the rules, there are 3 tenses: past, present, and future; 2 scenarios: ...
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conditional sentence in the past

Suppose that I have a friend which I miss him very much and I am waiting for his call. 10 days later I see him in the university and I want to tell him that if he had known, how happy I would be by ...
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2nd conditional and 3rd conditional flexibilty usage

Let's say your friend got into trouble yesterday because one of his co-workers was bullying him for no good reason, so your friend punched his co-worker on the face. A day has passed, then you just ...
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You * think, they'd be here by now

I came across this question. Although I know the answer, I could not figure out why the other options cannot be used. The answer is "would". Other options are "could" and " might". Since "could" and "...
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Is the sentence “Could I smoke here?" ungrammatical?

The correct sentence is "Can I smoke here?", but I wonder why I can't use "could" in this question.
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Conditional sentence/if-clause - “If it makes/If it will make/If it would make”

If it will make you feel better, I think you should do it. If it would make you feel better, I think you should do it. If it makes you feel better, I think you should do it. Which of these would be ...
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Subjunctive in if clause

I have a question about the use of the subjunctive in if clauses. I usually use grammarly as a grammar checker and ran into following problem: I wrote: If he stay at home, he would die. Grammarly ...
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Would you mind if I + past simple/base form (When you want to ask for permission to say something in the class)

My first question is: What are we talking about, Present or Future? Student: Excuse me sir, would you mind if I say something? Teacher: No, I wouldn't. What's the matter? ...
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What does why would I do it mean in this context?

I've often heard people saying this. And even I say it when someone accuses me of doing something that I didn't do. I'd say: Why would I do that? But what's the grammar behind it? Is it future ...
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Reduction of conditional adverb clauses

This would have been a lot easier taking her in the house. What could be the complete form of this sentence? Context: A few hired men are going to kidnap a girl from her school so one of them is ...
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If I knew him, I would say (would have said) hello

What is the difference between these 2 sentences: If I knew him, I would say hello. If I knew him, I would have said hello. I found the second sentence here : https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/...
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“If I knew what you want/wanted to eat tonight”

Context: I am talking to my friends, trying to find out what she wants to eat tonight. "What do you want to eat tonight?" "You know what I want to eat." "If I knew what you wanted to eat, I ...
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Zero conditional vs first conditional

I have some problems with zero and first conditionals . Sometimes ı can't distinguish them. 1-I could see if anyone wanted to break in . About the context : The speaker has a shop and he says this ...
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What does “I'm not sure if I agree.” mean?

I, as a non-native speaker, used the sentence "I'm not sure if I agree." thinking it means that I have a level of uncertainty about where I stand, and apart from that I can lean anywhere, I can even ...
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Can I use 'will' twice in this sentence?

Is it correct to use will twice in the following sentence? Will your books will be available in electronic format?
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Comma between two conditional clauses

How should I punctuate the following sentece with the given logical structure when I want to use conjuction "if" only one time and a conjuction "and" to seperate the conditions? Logical structure: [...
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Conditional Phrase

A girl : So, Tom, what is it that you do? Tom : I write greeting cards Summer : (She knew he majored in architecture and sometimes he draw the buildings at the office without letting people know. ...
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Why is the past perfect tense used in the following sentence?

from The Economist (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/08/25/the-way-forward-on-immigration-to-the-west?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2018/08/23n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/na/146317/n) A sensible approach ...
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is the “were” in the following sentence past simple tense or subjunctive mood

I encountered this sentence while wasting my time on twitter. Literally no one would believe warm words about McCain from Trump were sincere so he’s better off not even making a pretense. Assuming ...
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Can we use “would” in present tense?

I've read this sentence somewhere on the Internet and I'm wondering if it's correct: I would be surprised if it makes any difference. Shouldn't it be: I would be surprised if it could make any ...
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tense of two similar sentences are different

in the Vikings main title song there are two similar sentences: If I had a heart I could love you If I had a voice I would sing the first sentence can't be "If I had a heart I would love you"(...
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Which tense the conditional 1,2 exactly indicate?

As I far as I know the conditional 1 and 2 indicate only probability. For example, If I see him tomorrow, I will tell him. Indicates high probability to see him. or If I saw him tomorrow, ...
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Conditional Sentence(simple present mode or future tense)

Would you please tell me if I use "If you will be selected*" instead of "If you are selected", does it make sense? Would please tell me the differences between these two tenses? Thank you for your ...
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Please explain “…had we written it the other way around…” - shouldn't “if” be included? [duplicate]

The order is important here: had we written it the other way around, lpeg.P(1) would match any character, including integer characters. This would prevent us from ever capturing an integer. The ...
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Real Conditionals

I was reading about conditionals and I came across this sentence : If you missed the 6 o'clock train, you will not get here before 7.(the condition is true: you missed the train; here missed refers ...
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the difference “I hate it if…” between “I hate it when…”

1)Mike would hate it if he lost Jane again. 2)Mike would hate it when he lost Jane again. Supposing Jane came back to Mike again after two years of estrangement, Mike would never let Jane go. Which ...
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mixed conditional

"I am free next weekend, so if you choose to go out for the evening, I AM more than happy to help you out." 2."I am free next weekend, so if you choose to go out for the evening, I WOULD BE more than ...
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Why can the answer not be “if”? ___ the government in Greece postpone

____ the government in Greece postpone the debts of farmers, they can cope with the economic difficulties. a. could b. should c. only if d. if e. even if Why is answer "d" (if) not ...
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“I would do anything I want” or “I would do anything I wanted”

Let's say I have a question like this What would you do if you won a lottery What's the proper way of answering it? I would do anything I wanted or I would do anything I want Here's ...
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Present perfect simple tense in conditionals

The present perfect tense is used in the sentence below but here and here, they do not use the present perfect. Can we use present perfect simple tense in conditional sentences like the sentence ...
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Would you mind if I “opened/open” the window

Which one of the followings is correct? Would you mind if I opened the window? or Would you mind if I open the window? Ps: like 2 if condition If I were you / If I was you (both is okay but ...
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“Would have never had” vs “would not have”

(Excerpt from Steve Jobs' commencement speech) "If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts..." What ...
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Why was “if” omitted in “I walked with Jesus and he would say”?

The Spacemen 3's song "walking with Jesus" begins I walked with Jesus and he would say "Oh you poor child, you ain't coming to me, no way You found heaven on Earth, gonna burn for your sin" ...
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Conditional Sentences Type 3, expressing real possibility

I've been thinking. Conditional sentences of the 3rd type are described as "UNREAL/TOO LATE FOR THE CONDITION/IMPLICATION OF REGRET". If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't have guessed.(I fully understand ...
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I don't care if she says no

When we want to say we don't care about something which may happen in the future. Should we use the simple present tense? Let's say I am going to ask a girl out for the first time (I never asked her ...
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How to say “if I were you, I wouldn't do that” in past?

Imagine a friend is talking about a past event that is finished and he has made a decision in the past. While he is talking I want to say that I would make a different decision. How should I say that? ...
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Is this sentence talking about the past or present?

I’m not sure whether this sentence refers to past or present situation: You couldn’t do the job if you didn't speak Japanese fluently.
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“Future finite” conditional

How do we say that something will be done in the future only if something else has been done in the past. For example: Tom will receive money if he had filled in the form* or should that be have ...
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What grammar is it? Conditional?

I was reading Desire by Haruki Murakami and I wonder what grammar is To reach the source of the aroma, however, he would have to go down a steep flight of stairs, seventeen of them. What type of ...
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If he left this morning he will be here tonight?

Sometimes it is very difficult for non-native speakers to understand 'if conditionals'. The type 1 conditional is used to refer to the present or future where the situation is real (If + simple ...
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“would you be surprised” vs “would you have been surprised”

Which of the following is right grammatically? And why? Would you be surprised if I had arrived yesterday without letting you know beforehand? Would you have been surprised if I had arrived ...