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1st and 2nd conditional mixed?

I am so confused because I see lots of 1st and 2nd conditional mixed sentences.(or maybe it not) There is an example in music video called "Queen of Mean". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9o1QS-itsU ...
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What does it mean? “She is the last person who you would have down as a cheat.”

I have seen this sentence on a newspaper. It is about a case in which a husband is worried about his wife cheating on him...". Here is sentence: "...I love her so much. I honestly thought she was ...
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Would you mind if I + past simple/base form (When you want to ask for permission to say something in the class)

My first question is: What are we talking about, Present or Future? Student: Excuse me sir, would you mind if I say something? Teacher: No, I wouldn't. What's the matter? ...
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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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Difference between would be and might be [duplicate]

Could you tell me the difference between these two sentences: A: He would be going to railway station. B: He might be going to railway station.
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A question regarding will/be going to Advanced Grammar in Use

I've been going over Advanced Grammar in Use and came across Unit 9 Rule E I'll cite a part of it: However, we use "will", not "be going to", when the main clause refers to offers, requests, ...
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Third Conditionals: “If I knew…” instead of “had known…” in casual register

I know that in the following sentences "If I had known" has to be used in the place of "If I knew" to form the grammatically right sentences. What I really want be sure of is that as a native if all ...
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What does the following sentence mean? Could anyone please explain its organisation to me?

For example, were all politicians to fully disclose every personal foibles, character flaw, and detail concerning personal life, few honest politicians would ever by elected. Source: GRE Answers to ...
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What's the difference between these sentences?

I'd like to know what's the difference between these sentences: By the time we had had lunch it was 2.30 By the time we had lunch it was 2.30 and I had hoped you would invite me. ...
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If you plant a tree (it grows VS it will grow)

I want to ask about these sentences can both be used or there's a mistake? If you plant a tree it grows. If you plant a tree it will grow.
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How do you say that tree rings (are - will be) closer if there isn't much rain [in a year]?

Which of these sentences is true? If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree are close together OR If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree will be close together If I ...
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Meaning: “Angular is what HTML **would have been had it been** designed for applications”

I was reading the Angular.js documentation when I saw this: Angular is what HTML would have been had it been designed for applications. I've never seen a construction like this and I can't get ...
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Difference between “if only” and “only if”

What is the differences between "if only" and "only if" ? What is the use of each in the sentences? Are there any specific rules for their uses? "I could get more work done if only there weren't ...
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“can have done” structure?

When talking about possibilities in the past, You often use "could have done". "She could have gone to the theatre with him." "He couldn't have done such a thing!" "I could have saved them." "...
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would not have had?

??? have had? I can't understand this meaning. How can I understand this? Had the laboratory staff finished their safety study by schedule deadline, the company would not have had to delay the ...
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What are the differences between should, were, and if conditional clauses?

Mr. Brocklehurst, I believe I intimated in the letter which I wrote to you three weeks ago, that this little girl has not quite the character and disposition I could wish: should you admit her into ...