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Questions having you have vs you had

when asking the question, someone says you had vs you have. what is the difference between these. What would you do if you had one year free. What will you do if you have one year free.
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Are these consider as conditional sentences

I asked Anna if she were a student. I asked her if I could read the book. I asked her if she had been to Mexico. I asked her if she was going out. I asked him if he had got my letter. I asked him if ...
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conditional past tense vs past perfect

While watching a movie, there was a particular scene, when mother and daughter were sitting next to each other and mother said: If you called, you would have known about my health. I feel the above ...
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2nd conditional real vs imagned [closed]

If we didn't attend that meeting, it would be better. If we don't attend that meeting, it would be better. are these 2nd conditional as real events happened in past?
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2nd Conditional in present and past actions [closed]

If he invited me, I would go to his party.-> does this mean the part is over ? If he invites me, I will go to his party.-> this means the part is not over. how to use 2nd conditionals for ...
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"Can't you?" or "won't you?" at the end of a conditional sentence

Can you tell me which one is correct? A) If you try using true watercolors, you will find that you have to be very careful because you cannot cover up your mistakes, can't you? B) If you try using ...
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Can the following sentence (without if) be regarded as a conditional type 2 sentence?

I was wondering if the following question can be regarded a conditional sentence of the 2nd type: To hear some men talk, you'd think that women belonged to a different species! In fact the sentence ...
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I would never have understood what he meant/had meant if you hadn’t told me

Could someone help me understand what’s the difference between these two sentences? A. I would never have understood what he had meant if you hadn’t told me. B. I would never have understood what he ...
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What is the right form of the verb in brackets? [duplicate]

“Hey. Do not touch the car. The alarm (go off) ______ if you touch it.” What is the right form of the verb phrase in brackets? The possible answers found are “goes off” which describes a fact about ...
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Comparing “Zeroth” and “First Conditionals” in similar contexts

Hey! Do not touch the car. The alarm (go off) ______ if you touch it. Can both “zeroth conditional” and ”first conditional” be accepted in this context? Regarding their usage, zero type refers to a ...
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Conditionals without 'if'

I can see lots of sentences like "You touch my bag again, I kill you." I guess this is also a conditional, even though I don't see any 'if' clauses. (Am I right?) In this case, can I say &...
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"What would you do if it were possible" Part of Speech

"What would you do if it were possible" Is it appropriate to call this a "second conditional" AND a past subjunctive?
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possible current result of possible past event

I want to express a possible result of an action that might have been carried on in past, but I don't have any idea whether the action is done or not. Consider this sentence: If you'd read the book, ...
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If conditional sentence with mixed tenses

An appalling waste of resources, if this were to happen. This sentence was observed in a newspaper article recently. What type of conditional sentence is this? Why there are mixed tenses used?
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Prove that he didn’t/hadn’t

Let’s say someone interviewed someone else for a job, and the candidate thought about complaining about discrimination but eventually he didn’t. Now the interviewer and a third party are talking about ...
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If..., he would have thought you "worked" as a doctor - work or worked?

Question 1 If the action in a reported speech in a past unreal conditional sentence is unreal or fictional, is it written in simple past tense? Example 1 A and B are school students. They are talking ...
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Can you use "if" with present perfect, and is it zero conditional?

I'm not quite sure would it be correct to combine these two tenses in the sentence. If so, what type of conditionals is it? Or maybe it doesn't refer to conditional sentences at all? A trip is always ...
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What is the meaning of "would" in this example?

The label and concept would be focusing on experimental electronic oriented music. I'll be bringing out as always - unknown obscure tonal delights that goes hand in hand with coherent looking designed ...
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Future Perfect and 1st conditional

Could you explain, please, the meaning of this sentence (under what circumstances can it be said?): Rob will have passed the exam if he has studied enough. Maybe, it will be easier to explain it if ...
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If (someone) didn't (do something), (someone) will (experience something)

I've never seen the structure in the title before. I want to know which type of conditional is this: If you didn't do much maths at school, you 'll find economics difficult. Why not: If you didn't ...
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Is using 'should' to omit 'if there is' appropriate?

I'm learning through an English app. It says there, to omit if in this sentence below: If there is a fire, leave the room. I can use in case, so, the sentece will be: In case of fire, leave the ...
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What is the correct tense for the result clause where the conditional clause is in the form "If sb/sth had"?

I came across an article on conditional sentences on Grammarly.com (https://www.grammarly.com/blog/conditional-sentences-was-instead-of-were/) where the two sentences below are given as correct: If I ...
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Why is 'He won't forget it if he is rich' incorrect?

What I've learned about conditional sentences is when we have will, it must be the first kind of conditional sentences (type I). But, take a look at this Who's wrong? The app or I? It's an app called ...
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if you've finished your work (by then)

Q: What are we gonna do tomorrow at 5:00? A1: Well, we'll go grab something to eat if you've finished your work (by then). A2: Well, we'll go grab something to eat if you finished your work (by then). ...
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Conditional if clause

Can we use the first conditional to show general truth? e.g : If you don't put some cherries on your cake, it will look pale and dull. Is the word WILL here acceptable?
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Present Perfect or Past Perfect in a conditional sentence. What makes more sense? [closed]

If you hadn't ever fallen out of the sky, I don't know what I would do now. If you haven't ever fallen out of the sky, I don't know what I would do now. If you never fell out of the sky, I don't know ...
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Would/Do you mind?

After would/do you mind, which of the following is correct (for each 3 of them)? Would you mind if she come/comes +...? Would you mind me to tell/telling +...? Would you mind if I leave/left +...? ...
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"With" "condition" or "state" which is correct to describe simultaneous situations?

Press this button with meals (being) put in the microwave. Press this button on (the) condition that meals are put in the microwave. Press this button in a state where meals are put in the microwave. ...
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Using a present or past passive form in a polite request with if

Which of the following forms are preferred in a formal letter, when you want to ask a client to sign your contract sooner. We would also be very grateful if our contract is kindly signed by Ms. X We ...
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'Can be' or 'could be'

I was talking to a friend about a family event I had attended the preceding night, and I wanted to say something to this effect: "I forgot just how much fun family gatherings could be if they ...
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Is there anyone can help me to understand the sentense?

I think this sentence is a mixture of the second conditional and the third conditional: If it did, the rat would not have known it. But I have heard the line in The Big Bang Theory. How can I ...
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Types of conditionals: "If ... I would be ... now" / "If I die(d) tomorrow I would be alright"

Could someone help me figure out what kind of conditionals these sentences fit into? (I've been looking at conditionals here.) "If I had taken that bus I would be safe and warm right now."— ...
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Help me complete the following sentence

If it (to be)... warmer, we (to go)... swimming. I'm learning English and I can't distinguish between the types of conditional sentences. In that sentence, I am wondering between the 2nd and 3rd ...
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Can we say that the following sentence is Mixed conditional?

As far as I know typical mixed conditionals is like "If I were you, I would have bought the red dress." You use the past tense in the if-clause, and the past perfect in the main clause. But ...
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Usage of conditional constructions

I'm from India where English is not a native language. Generally here we use constructions like "Should you work hard?" and "Had I done it?" in interrogative sense. But now I find ...
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The 3rd Conditional. Are these sentences all meaningful and correct?

Let's say you are 20 years of age and a person tells you: "You would have been a genius, if you could speak 10 languages at 5 years old" "You would have been a genius, if you had been ...
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Is it possible to use would be + verb + ing

If I had gone white-water rafting with my friends, I _____ down the Colorado river right now. A. Would be floating. B. Would have floated. C. Would float.
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Future real conditional (also first conditional ) in a reported speech: was or were?

Questions: Q1: When using a first real conditional in a reported speech, it has to be backshifted. But I don't know whether to use: was or were? Q2: Are the tenses of the italic words (met and went) ...
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If it is true that you didn't study yesterday, you will fail the test tomorrow - wonder whether to use this construction

Question 1 The situation is that: my friend said his neighbor was noisy yesterday, but he also said he wore headphones at the time. So, I ask him how he was able to hear his neighbor's voice while ...
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If you take/took a sunbath right now, you will/would get tanned quickly: which is correct in a context where it is at night?

Which one is correct: Example 1 (first conditional) or Example 2 (second conditional)? Although it is hot during the day outside, it is at night when A and B talk. So, I don't know whether or not I ...
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"May I borrow your notebooks? They 'will' help me understand the subject more." Why we use "will" there?

I don't know why we use will because we don't know whether others will do what we ask or not. I wonder whether there is actually an omitted if-clause there. Example 1: May I borrow your notebooks? ...
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If I could go back in time, a time when I wasn't born/hadn't been born/didn't exist yet, I would

Which would be correct here and why? If I could go back in time, a time when I wasn't born/hadn't been born/didn't exist yet, I would...
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Should I add “will” in this after-clause?

Examples: Example 1 If I become a member of the rock band after tonight's audition is finished, I will practice playing the guitar with them tomorrow night. Example 2 If I become a member of the ...
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Can we use the second conditional to refer to an action that occurred in the past?

Can we use the second conditional to refer to an action that took (or didn't take) place in the PAST? This sentence is extracted from "Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and ...
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Am I understanding conditionals correctly?

Could you please help with conditionals usage? I'm practising those right now, but do I understand everything correctly? Zero conditional: If I see water, I drink it // Every time I see water, I drink ...
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Forming Past Real Conditionals with "as long as" and "unless"

Questions: Question 1: Does my example (1) convey a past real conditional of a habitual event? Question 2: Do my examples (2) and (3) convey a past real conditional of a one-time event? Question 3:...
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How do we use zero conditional and first conditional to talk about things in the past [duplicate]

Important: I also posted this question on English Learner Stack Exchange and set a bounty. (Link: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/288931/how-do-we-use-zero-conditional-and-first-conditional-to-...
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If I met him, I would say "hello" to him [closed]

Friend: My father was at the same party you were yesterday. Me: Really! If I met him, I would say "hello" to him. Me: Really! If I had met him, I would've said "hello" to him. ...
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2nd or 3rd conditional

If only we ______________ a three instead of four. We'd be rich! -chose -had chosen It's a task of a quiz I found on the internet, so I selected "chose", cuz it looks like a structure of 2nd ...
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How do we use zero conditional and first conditional to talk about things in the past

Enter the reasons why I asked: From my understanding, zero conditional is used to talk about facts or habitual stuff, and the first conditional is used to talk about a specific event or case. (Source: ...

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