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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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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 ...
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Conditional clause (then)

In this first instance the main clause only stands alone if you omit (then). But in the other example it clearly has a main clause. So would this be classed as an embedded main clause as it only ...
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Conjunctions and conditional clauses

Your dental habits are awful,but if you brush and floss every day, you probably won’t get cavities or gum disease. The conjunction is 'technically' joining a conditional clause followed by a ...
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Reported versions of the sentences like “If I wanted to go, I would go”

I am having trouble in terms of the reported versions of the sentences which include the word "if". Can you please tell me what the reported versions of these "direct speech" kind of sentences below ...
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Question regards If-conditional

He didn’t have money, if he had, he (would buy - would have bought) a car? My last year GSEC exam is tomorrow I have finished my novel and faced this question in grammar work book. The answer is ...
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If she had known… - a question [duplicate]

If he had known I was single, he would have asked me out. Is this correct? In this case he had no idea I was single but he would have asked me out if he knew that. If not, how should I say that?
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How to convert this second conditional sentence into third one (conventional definitions)?

expression about unreal situation without any time marker (second conditional) 1) if you could see him would you say him? Question: How to convert foregoing second conditional sentence into third ...
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would make/made - 2nd conditional

I'd crawl over broken glass, if it would make you happy. I'd crawl over broken glass, if it made you happy. Do both these sentences mean the same thing?
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Checking correctness of “If you ever do say like that…”

Can I say the following sentence to a person I'm angry with? I heard this when I was watching "13 Reasons Why": If you ever do say like that to your mother, I will kill you. I'm an Indian, and I'...
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How to differentiate between if zero conditional and if first conditional?

If the tree isn't watered, it (will die - dies - would die). I know zero conditional should be about facts. In the example above I'm confused whether to choose will die or dies.
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“in order” coditional sentence?

In order your product is original one I will purchase it. Does this sound natural? I couldn't find any same structure but still, I am in doubt that it might be correct
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Difference between subjunctive and conditional

I am a Spanish speaker. Recently I found the following sentence in linguee.com: I had never been married and I was sure that I would never find anyone who would love and accept me, especially... I ...
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Could anybody explain the context at which the following if clauses are used?

If I were driving the car I wouldn't be on the phone now. If I had been driving the car I wouldn't have been on the phone.
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Is « even if » + conditional always grammatically correct?

I’m reading a French novel (No and I) in English and I came upon this sentence: I was concentrating so hard that it took me a while to realize that someone was tapping me on the shoulder. A mammoth ...
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Which is correct “If I find a good job…” or “If I will find a good job…”?

If I ____ (find) a good job, I'll move to Madrid. If I find a good job, I'll move to Madrid. or is it If I will find a good job, I'll move to Madrid. Or is both? What rule applies here? ...
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AmE had done/were to do it

Which one would be correct: If they were to do it, he would not agree. If they had done it, he would not agree.
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What is the difference between “I wish I had” and “I wish I would have” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Which one of the following two is correct and what’s the difference between them? 1: I wish I had told you! 2: I wish I would have told you!
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“Going” Vs. “If I go”?

1) Going to school everyday, I will feel bored and exhausted. 2) If I go to school everyday, I will feel bored and exhausted. Aren’t these sentences alike in meaning?