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Mixed conditionals sentences in english

Is below sentence construction correct? If I had an idea that you work here i would have contacted you.
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Sentences beginning with 'If'

Consider this sentence: She did not sing well in the concert because she had a sore throat. Now I want to change it into a hypothetical conditional beginning with If, is this sentence ...
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I would not have thought that I needed to say this - conditional?

I would not have thought that I needed to say this. - here. Is this is a conditional sentence? if so which one? Why not to say "...I had needed to say this" or "I would not thought..." Is there any ...
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Conditionals and logic

When second and third conditional sentences are used, are they logical? If he won the lottery, he would buy a new car. The reality is he is not buying a new car. So we can safely say he hasn't won ...
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“God reminded them that if they turned away from God, they would be cursed.”

As for the use of ‘if’, especially when I’m not talking about ‘unreal’ situations, I’m confused about what is the correct way to use it when I talk about something that happened in the past. For ...
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mixed conditional: present-tense in the if-clause and “would” in the main clause

I have seen quite a few mixed conditionals, and I'm wondering whether the following is correct: a. If John is in Tokyo now, he would be in a coffee shop. If the above is correct, how does it ...
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Is it a correct conditional sentence?

Today I read the following sentence in the newspaper: "If you have noticed boys who play gully cricket, you would have figured out how they...." Now I have to ask: Is it a correct conditional ...
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Why is “would” used in this sentence?

I’m a passionate English-learner from Korea, and I have a question. Why is would used in this sentence? A true friend would not say such a thing. I can think that the speaker is probably not ...
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non-counterfactual conditional

Is the following correct? I guess it's fine, and it does not express counterfactuality as in "If John were at home now, he would be watching TV." If John is at home now, he would be watching TV. ...
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Is it conditional sentence or not?

I have a sentence about the situation: I'm going to a party. I am going to say "hello" to my old friends. Should I use conditional? 1st conditional if I know that there is a big possibility that my ...
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Second and first conditional difference

What is the difference between these two conditions? If you get a chance (1st conditional) If you got a chance (2nd conditional) Does the first sentence Just means the condition of getting a chance ...
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“Should you visit our Web site” What nuance does it have?

'You can find an updated event schedule should you visit our Web site this Friday.' So, the answer is 'c'. That's good. But I have a question. Is this expression of 'Should you visit our Web site ...
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How do you use tenses with the word “after” sensibly: which combos of tenses work and which do not?

No context is required, it’s just a normal question about using the word after. For instance, here are some easy sentences: After he finishes his work, he will go for a walk. After he finished his ...
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confusion of conditional constructions

Am I crazy? If I am, would I realize it? Why can't I use will here? I think it is in first conditional form. So will should be used
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Is there any difference between 'Had we would have' and 'If we would have'?

Had we would have taken the original square root instead of Principal Square root, our extraneous solution might/would have worked" If we would have taken the original square root instead of Principal ...
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Which type of conditional should I use?

The meaning of my sentence is "I didn't practice English a lot and that's why I don't know it well." Which conditional should I use? This one is 2nd conditional. If I practiced English more, I ...
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Using the subjunctive in if clause

When using the subjunctive in if clause, do we describe a hypothetical situation in the past or in the present?
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conditional sentence meaning ambiguity

Consider these two sentences: first one: If he asks me I will accept his offer. and the second one: If he asked me I would accept his offer. what is the exact difference between these two ...
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If I didn't have or if I hadn't had

I want to say that I don't know what kind of person I'd be now without ever experiencing depression BUT I still have depression, it's not just a thing from the past so which one should I use: "I don'...
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Using 'confirm' with 'if'

Let me tell you the scenario first. I asked my previous to give me some work on my weekends and my manager has told me that I can work on Saturdays from 7 am to 5 pm. Now tomorrow is Saturday and ...
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Referring to a habit int the past

Which of the following sentences is grammarly correct and why? When I was a child, I wouldn't go to sleep unless my mom had kissed me goodnight. or When I was a child, I wouldn't go to sleep ...
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First or Zero conditional? Setence-usage

I know that: 0 Condition - For facts that always happen; Whereas: 1st Conditional - For specific facts; So, why People use Zero conditional in these sentences, even though is a one-time thing? ...
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'can' in if-clause

Is it OK to use "can" in the if-clause of Type 1 conditional sentences? For example: I'll try to find the audio files later. If I can't find them I'll record everything for you. Is this sentence ...
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Word-usage - May, might and Could (For if clauses and Non-if clauses)

I've been searching about this for a long time, but the answer is not clear. Is there a difference between May, might and could? And, even further - Is there a difference when they are in a ...
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If he did this he will be punished. Is it OK?

A person is talking about a suspect. It is not clear for the moment whether or not they have violated the law. The person makes a statement about the future: If he did this he will be punished. Is ...
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First or Second conditional form?

Which form would a native English speaker use here? I'm the kind of person who doesn't like a movie if it's not very convincing. I'm the kind of person who wouldn't like a movie if it wasn't very ...
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What is the tense of “wasn't interrupted”

So I'm writing a book and English is not my native language. As I've gotten deeper into the writing process I noticed that I'm almost randomly choosing between past tenses without making much logic (...
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Could I ask a question about English Conditional?

I am a English learner. I am studying Conditional these day and I learned there are many types of conditional. Zero. If you heat ice, it melts. (The zero conditional is often used to refer to ...
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What type of conditionals does McGonagall use?

I am confused about the type of conditionals used in the sentence below "You'd be stiff, if you'd been sitting on a brick wall all day," said Professor McGonagall. It's the part of the text from ...
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Why does this second conditional statement use the passive voice when the clauses are swapped?

I came across this in a text book yesterday and it's been on my mind since. To be fair, it's not the best sentence anyway, but it did make me think. "If a tornado hit Rex's house, it would destroy it....
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Correct usage of IF condition with various tenses

Which one would be the correct form for this context? This situation is a Hypothetical and takes place in future. He would be killed when he arrives in London. OR He would be killed when ...
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Can vs Will be able to

I ran across a ques­tion in a gram­mar test that was ask­ing for a par­tic­u­lar sen­tence, and sup­pos­edly the re­quired an­swer is the first sen­tence given be­low, but not the sec­ond one, which ...
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The use of a mixed conditional in context

Tell me please if my sentence is grammatically correct. If you are hungry, eggs would be a nice choice to satiate hunger. By using would, I tantively suggest that eggs are a great choice. Is that ...
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Is the sentence “I would be going on a vacation.” grammatically correct?

Is this sentence correct? "I would be going on a vacation." I tried searching for similar sentences online and came across Conditional tenses. But from what I understand they have two clause - the ...
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If this was two years ago, I would've/ would

I was taught that for counterfactual situations whose time frame is in the present: if + simple past, would/could/might Then why is would have used instead of would in this case? If this was two ...
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How to use a conditional for denying this claim?

Suppose someone says that they were not prepared enough to get into a university, but the university (say Harvard for example) still accepted them. How to deny this claim by using conditionals? ...
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Conditional sentences: type 3 but did not use perfect conditional

I am working on my scholarship exam practice and I am not sure where I got it wrong. Could you please have a look? If we had started studying Spanish three years ago, we (.....) much more fluent ...
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PRESENT SIMPLE OR FUTURE SIMPLE [duplicate]

Could someone help me with this sentence: - If you are a well-organised person, you (manage - will manage) your time. Thank you all.
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Need answer to an “if” question

I had a test today and there was this question : If you are a well-organized person, you .... your time. a) will manage b) manage I'd like to know the answer and why? Thanks in advance.
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The second type of conditional clause (the type contradictory to a current fact)

I have a question in regard to the second type of conditional (the type contradictory to a current fact). I know that the clause should be in past tense, but if there's an adjective clause, should it ...
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how to undertand the past condition in a sentence

I can understand the meaning of this kind of sentence:"If I had participated in your party last night, I would have had a lot of fun with you", which means I didn't be involved in your party, so I ...
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If +going to in a conditional sentence

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If the weather is going to be nice tomorrow, we'll have a picnic.
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In the First Conditional, what is more important, cause or time?

In real life it happens that the cause happens later than the result. Would the grammar be up to the cause-result sequence or up to the time sequence? How should I form the first conditional? I ...
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Will / would usage

I saw a bloger's post where it was written: It looks like he would be on the East coast, when I am there. I wonder if it's correct to use would instead of will? If it's correct what is the rule ...
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Which of these sentences is right?

According to Murphy's English Grammar in Use you can use "have to" in all forms, and he offers an example in the past simple and another one in the present perfect tense. Hence, I was wondering if had ...
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If + future tense

Would you please explain the grammar for (and the meaning of) the structure 'if + future tense' in the following two examples: If she will not provide consent, then you should consider whether you ...
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Third conditional with “only if ”

Tom could have started work again only if he had apologized to the manager. Does this sentence imply he didn't apologize? Thanks!
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About second conditional and the condition

Now I'm going to describe a hypothetical situation so I will use second conditional. However, do I always need to attach the if clause to suggest that it's a hypothetical situation? For example: If I ...
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If we tell them the truth they wouldn't believe us

If we tell them the truth they wouldn't believe us Is this construction correct in English? I mean, for conditional sentences, the rule is If+past tense/would +infinitive, but here, can we also use ...
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if condition in the past

I want to ask someone that why he didn't tell me something in the past and I want to say the sentence as below: if you knew that yesterday why you didn't tell me yesterday? as I know this is not ...