An independent clause that refers to a hypothetical situation contingent on another set of circumstance.

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Time in conditional clause

I've gone through a lot of rules on conditional sentences in English and couldn't find the answer. What time should I use in the following comment to a source code? # Rebuild databases if '...
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What type of conditional is this? “If Julie went to the party last night, she definitely saw what happened.”

I really cannot understand why the sentence is correct and what type of conditional it is. If Julie went to the party last night, she definitely saw what happened. Other examples that confuse me: If ...
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Is “will/would” and “am/was going to” equivalent? [closed]

Please consider the following conditional statement: If I would eat my lunch, I would remain healthy. Some people say that the "would" after "If I" should be omitted for the following reasons: 1.) "...
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First Conditional reported speech [closed]

If you want to come, call me before 5:00. Which one is correct? He said if I want to come to call him before 5:00. or He said if I want to come I will call him before 5:00.
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Usage of the phrase, “when this” when referring to a condition

Consider this statement. The maximum number of solutions is given by the formula, x * x. For example, consider the case, x = 2, when this maximum is 4. I thought there is a minor ambiguity in the ...
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Question about conditional

I'm referring to Benidorm, Season 2, Episode 1 (Jacqueline): This structure: If it were me who had picked up that ******, I wouldn't have come back. This sentence sounds (and looks) strange. ...
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Subjunctive Mood in Second Conditional - Inversion

The sentence If I were you, I wouldn't do this One can add emphasis to the sentence, by saying Were I you, I wouldn't do this However, I noticed that in everyday English people tend not ...
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Is a past tense protasis necessarily hypothetical when followed by an apodosis with “would have”?

Is a protasis with a verb in the past tense necessarily interpreted as a hypothetical condition when followed by an apodosis with "would have" + past participle? For example, is the sentence If ...
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Degree of Potentiality: Would vs. Should: Which indicates a greater possibility?

People in my new workplace hold that "should" is less definitive than "would," for e.g., in the sentence: Commodity prices could be depressed in 2016 due to oversupply, which should pressure power ...
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I wish you would have died… vs. I wish you had died [duplicate]

I was watching an episode of the Arrow TV series and I came across the following sentence: Tommy (to Oliver): I wish you would have died on that island. I know Americans tend to use ...
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Is it possible to use “should have” in a conditional sentence type 3?

I know it's possible to say: If I had studied more, I wouldn't have failed my exam. Rules given in some Russian student's books let me say: If I had studied more, I shouldn't have failed my exam. ...
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Use of conditional tense/sujunctive mood

I am discussing with a friend (over email) the pros and cons of various interview styles. At some point in the email I write: "Ideally the candidate will demonstrate X." Then in the next ...
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'It would have been better if' grammatical issue [closed]

I am confused what is the correct usage of this It would have been better if government banned the production of firecrackers It would have been better if government had banned the production ...
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How to avoid “should” proposals in technical report?

I noticed that I have many sentences where I say that "[this should be done]" because something is missing and something should be done differently. However, I do not like to be like teaching someone. ...
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Using pronouns before mention

Is it grammatically correct to say, for example, Providing that you'll return it tomorrow, you can use my computer. Notice that I've used "it" before actually naming the object. Can we use both ...
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Conditionals -type 2 and 3

Just to save your time, I know the difference between type 2 and 3, but I got confused about the following statement. -If you went to bed earlier, you would not be so tired. I was thinking that,...
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Ambiguity of if-clause

I'm not an English speaker, so my question might seem a little bit weird, but I'm truly confused. I saw some other cases like this one, which caused me to question what they really meant. There's a ...
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But for my father, I wouldn't have achieved anything. Is this correct? [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone could confirm if this sentence is correct? It somehow doesn't sound or feel correct but I saw it written today. Can anyone give me any insight if it is right or wrong? 'But ...
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Conditional sentence without conditional conjunctions, is that possible?

Sometimes I hear sentences that sound conditional to me, just because of the (unassertive) ordering of the words. I don't know if I can come up with a proper example. Consider this: I'd be a ...
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3rd conditional form (“If I had X, I would …”?)

If I had learnt that, I would have been doing much better right now. Is that correct? If not, how do you say it correctly?
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Is this unconditional sentence “If you do yoga every day, you will sleep better” wrong?

According to this Website: There are 4 Types of Conditionals: So, based on the above explanation, I think "If you do yoga every day, you will sleep better", which was copied from an English ...
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Difficulty choosing between “would” and “will” in a seemingly real conditional sentence

The following question is intended to be an example of a real conditional sentence ( first conditional)--not hypothetical. I would like to know whether to use "will" or "would" in this question: If a ...
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“Do that and I'll leave”: Is there a term for the use of the imperative as an emphatic conditional?

Is there a term for the use of the imperative as an emphatic conditional? For example: Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it the rest of the day. An instructive borderline ...
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Confusion about how to use condition type 1 and 2

Ok, the condition type 1 predicts a possible future event: If this thing happens, that thing will happen. The condition type 1 expresses a counterfactual situation with a present or future time ...
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May “If I would” be correct?

I came across this construction that was being said by a native English speaker (AmE): Usually actually at this point, you don't really know what the Git repository is going to be so I'm not ...
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“should” in conditionals

I'm having trouble with should. The third conditional is fine: If you had known about the safety hazard at the plant, you should have told someone. However, for the second conditional I'm ...
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use of would in statements

what is the difference between "I would go to the cinema but I have no money" and "I would have gone to the cinema but I had no money" I know that one is present tense and one is past perfect but ...
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Prepositional Phrase Help

If a long prepositional phrase is inserted into the middle of a sentence, such as in the example to follow, should a second comma be used to enclose the beginning of the phrase: What most ...
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Second Conditional in English

I would like to know the difference between the following two sentences: If I had money, I would have gone to the USA. If I had money, I would go to the USA. Which of the above two would you ...
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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk with a ...
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Difference in usage between 'If I were you, I would X' and 'If I were you, I would have Xed'

"If I were you, I would look for another job" and "if I were you, I would have looked for another job" what is the difference between these two sentences?
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strange conditional

What's the difference between 1 and 2? Is 1 a good conditional? I can't imagine the consequences if the police found out. I couldn't imagine the consequences if the police found out. I'd ...
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Sequence of Verb Tense when it comes to if condition

Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence? If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her. ...
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Tense of a zero conditional when the main clause is in present perfect

I'm not sure about the terminology so I'll just give examples. Present simple: In 19th century, if you wanted to go to Japan, you had to sail. Past simple: Today, if you want to go to Japan,...
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Conditional sentences. Punctuation in the main clause which is a compound sentence

If event A happens, event B will happen, and event C might happen. Do I need to put a comma before "and?"
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Verb tenses and types [closed]

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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Second conditional for the past?

I've just come across the following sentence: If you were born 50 years earlier, how would your life be different now? Wouldn't it be more precise to say: If you had been born 50 years ...
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The third conditional questions

Today while speaking to a colleague of mine I said "Had you studied well, you would have cleared the exam ". I was rebuked for not using the third conditional correctly. I was told that the correct ...
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Is it correct to say “if you (will not come) by tomorrow ,let me know”

Which one is correct?: if you (will not come) by tomorrow ,let me know if you (do not come) by tomorrow ,let me know I have read posts here about using "will" in the if clause.in this answer Is ...
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Correct grammatical form for a conditional statement describing a habit in the past

Let's say I want to describe a habit in the past (something that happened many times over and over again) in the form of a conditional statement. Is the following sentence grammatically correct? ...
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the use of “were to” to mean “suppose” or “imagine”

Is it okay to use the counterfactual subjuntive verb phrase, "were to" with the present tense of a main clause? I thought that "if subject + were to + verb" should be used with "would" or "could" in a ...
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'I thought I would …, once it is/was'

Which verb should be used in place of "is" which is currently used in condition in the following sentence: "They thought that subsequent contributions to the joint venture would be made into the ...
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Is “were I you” archaic?

Would the following usage be considered archaic? Were I you, I would ask her for a date.
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Dropping “then” in “If” statements [duplicate]

As an Example, I want to refer to this Wikipedia article where there are many conditional sentences. Some of them drop the "then", some of them use it. When I change that (drop it where it was used or ...
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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Third conditional

I'm getting familiar with the third conditional, and there is a site where I read this: It's used to describe a situation that didn't happen, and to imagine the result of this situation. What ...
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What tense should be used when present/past perfect is used?

Here is my sentence of which I am having some troubles ascertaining the grammatical correctness: I think that Rachel has told Brady that Bert would admit to the judge what he has taught about ...
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'Were' or 'are' in the conditional tense?

I am not sure how a sentence I want to write should be written: I would choose the apple in the case where an unknown number of apples were to be stored in the box. I would choose the apple ...