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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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If clauses: What is "likely to happen"?

I learned that there are three if-clauses: if + simple present, will-future: stuff that is highly likely to happen if + simple past, conditional I: stuff that is not so likely to happen if + past ...
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present or past tense in conditional sentence?

Look at the following sentence: The importance of leisure time would be more vivid if we consider / considered that too much work will result in burnout. Which one is correct? consider or considered?...
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Rewriting "He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination."

Rewrite the following sentence: He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination. If ......... And the answer is: If he studied hard, he wouldn't fail the exam. Can I write the sentence as ...
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When can we skip 'if'?

I was walking on the web and came across this question: What do you say we get out of here? It's seems to me a tad slangy. I don't quite follow the structure of this sentence. It's like something is ...
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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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I expect Jay will come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not

I expect Jay will come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not. I expect Jay to come, so I'll be disappointed if he does/will not. Do the alternatives, doesn't and won't, have the same meaning ...
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sequence of tenses: if ..is.. , .. is

Why this sentence is legal (from a popular US university book): If the spring in Fig. 14.2 is an ideal one, the total overall range of the motion is 2A. (According to rules it should be: If the ...
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If you leave now / If you are leaving now

What's the difference between these sentences? Of course, I know about Present Simple & Present Progressive. ) As I understand these sentences, I can translate them similarly. But there must be a ...
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Conditional use of "if" in past tense

I found a sentence that says, "If any man were lurking in dark, we would know it." Should we use 'if any man were'? Or should we write "If any men were...."?
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If + should vs. if + would

In certain clauses, should is used for all three persons: If I/you/he should decide to go, we will need a larger car. If it should begin to snow, we will stay here tonight. Would is not acceptable ...
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If you asked him what his name was/is

Are these sentences interchangeable? If you asked him what his name was, he wouldn’t tell you. If you asked him what his name is, he wouldn’t tell you. I think it is wrong to use “is” in this ...
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Omitting "if" at the middle of a sentence

In my book, it just told me about omitting "if" at the beginning of a sentence. Then what about "if" in the middle of a sentence? Example: I wouldn't do that if I were you. I ...
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Why is there "will" after "if"?

Why is there "will" after "if"? The results will decide if he will win a place at a good university. As I know it, after "if" we don't use Future Simple, need to use ...
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Future Tense OR Simple Present?

Which sentence is true? If it's humid, the air will feel warm and wet. If it's humid, the air feels warm and wet. If both are correct, are there any differences in their meaning?
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what is "not" serving as?

I will go to the beach, but not if it is raining. What is the independent clause(s) in the above sentence to which "if it is raining" is/are attaching to. Is "not" serving as the ...
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If needed, if necessary and if any

I would like to know how to use "if needed", "if necessary" and "if any". Like can I say "Please give me advices if needed"; "Please give me advices if any&...
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What message is conveyed by "He asks if he is allowed to ..."

I want to know whether the following phrase makes sense The letter is about asking permission for eating during the class time. I asked a native speaker and he answered yes, it is easy to understand,...
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If..., that/this/it

What pronouns should be used to refer to the whole content of a preceding "if" clause? For example, Which pronoun should be used in the sentences below? i) If the vase did not fall over, it/...
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Past perfect or past simple + if

Which one is more correct? It is hard to say whether the more up-to-date file had indeed been on his desk before the meeting took place. If it had been he should be regarded as a liar. It is hard to ...
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Is "As if I lived" correct?

Please charge me for the book as if I lived in Australia . Is this sentence correct? Does it mean that I am not living in Australia? Would it better to write "as if I was living"?
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How to use "if any"? How would you finish this sentence?

Is this sentence correct? Is there a better way to say this? It is debated which method is better if any.
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“What if + (past simple), but (present perfect)?”

Does it make sense to ask a question like this: “What if you wanted to open the door, but I have taken your keys?” It’s just an example but is it possible to use this structure? Would it be correct to ...
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Why is, "If I don't use the microphone, nobody will hear me," not considered a double negative

I understand that you can't have a double negative...but also, 'anyone/anybody' in this sentence wouldn't make sense: If I don't use the microphone, nobody will hear me So why is this not considered ...
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Would .. If and Will..If

What is the difference between these two sentences: Would it be OK if I asked for a raise? Will it be OK if I ask for a raise? (if correct)
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If I was going to or If I were going to

In response to "If you were going to start a company, what would you do?" what should be the correct answer between the following two--- If I was going to start a company, I would... or ...
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Do you think (if) you could

Do you think if you could check this essay for me? Is if legitimate in that place, or it is a dish best served without if?