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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Conditionals: continuous tense in if-clause

There are 5 types of conditionals, and I haven't found any with continuous tense in 'if' clause. Suppose there is a long radio show. Eventually the presenter says something like 'the secret code is ...
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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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Third conditional statements

How does the third "if" conditional statement affect the present since it is used for events that cannot be changed in the past? E.g., "if you had known, you would have done the work last week."
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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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Use of would've with if and without if in conditional sentence

It would've been icing on the cake if the shoes were black. Black Shoes would've been icing on the cake. My friend was wearing suit but the shoes were not matching, so I told him "Black shoes ...
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Can someone help me to convert from 1st to 2nd conditional? [closed]

) I don’t feel happy because my friends and family don’t live near me. (..) 2) I’m bored. I have nothing to do. (..) 3) I have to do my homework so I won’t come to the training session. (..) 4) I don’...
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present and future continuous + conditional mood sentence correction

If I say this: If I am sleeping when he will be coming wake me up, please. Will it be correct phrase or I should say another way?
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Is this passive verb construction & condition wrong?

Sentence itself: [Enemy] uses that spell when was attacked by any Ice spell. I am wondering, is that construction sounds "good" in English, or native speaker would rather use different tense/aspect ...
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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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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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Present Progressive in Conditional sentences

Someone wrote: We could commute with comfort in Warsaw, having enough room in our means of public transport, but for the 'sardines' getting on them. I suggested (based on another suggestion): ...
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“Were he able to go, he would have gone” is this correct?

I would like to know whether the sentence "Were he able to go, he would have gone" is correct in English. Or shall I always say " If he were able to go, he would have done so"? Help!!
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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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“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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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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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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“He could get a new job if he really tried.”

He could get a new job if he really tried. It's the second condition of if clause but why we used "could"? I know that could is the simple past form of can so in this case we have 2 past simple and ...
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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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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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Conditionals: “if after all,” “if after life,” and “as if I'm/I was/I were”

Does the use of "if after" change nothing with the rules of if-conditionals? Are these sentences okay? If after all we'll do will make no effect, then why are we still trying? If after all ...
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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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Help understanding a had-not sentence

There a customer can order dishes that he would not be able to enjoy had the restaurant not established a menu on the basis of recipes, ingredients, and practice in preparation. Could anyone tell me ...
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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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Please get up quickly, “so”/“or” you'll be late for school

Please get up quickly, so you'll be late for school. Please get up quickly, or you'll be late for school. Which is the correct one? So or or?
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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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First conditional or second conditional?

Which is more correct to combine the following two sentences with 'if': first or second conditional? He won't study hard, so he won't get high marks. Thanks.
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Past perfect usage in hypothetical statement

On Quora, I've run into such a sentence where the author describes a hypothetical situation if astronauts wore unsuitable space suits on the Moon: At about this time, they’d realize that the sides ...
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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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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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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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Conditionals used with past tense in one sentence

I have been aiming at creating a facture which would give an impression of flowing jellyfish. I don't know if tenses were used correctly. I mean second part mainly because I want there conditional, ...
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Ask to do, could and could have done

We were playing a game. A random person was given a word and that person had to "make" or "come up" with a question with the help of that word. That person could [then] ask* that question to anyone. ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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does this type of conditional expresses no possibility in the past?

does this type of conditional expresses no possibility in the past? If she found that she had herself some power of producing the raps, however obscure the way by which she did it, she would be ...
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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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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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“Assuming we are to…” vs “Assuming we were to”

I've been doing some exercises lately when one thing struck me: Miss Baiocci would, I am sure, be a real asset to your organisation, knowing as she does a great deal about the way a company such as ...
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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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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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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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Why can't I use a past perfect tense in this condition part?

the sentence is: If you didn't want to buy that shirt you shouldn't have bought it ('didn't' - it's a past simple not a second conditional, watch the video by the link above) Question: When can I ...

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