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

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Use of “would” (conditional) in 'If you go to the jungles in Africa, you would see a lot of animals.'

Can one use "would" as the conditional in this sentence? Example: If you go to the jungles in Africa, you would see a lot of animals.
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Future tense usage: “When you see it …”

I wonder why the phrase is "When you see it you will shit brix," and not "When you will see it you will shit brix." Is the version with two will incorrect? What grammar rule says that you should not ...
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Difference between “when” and “if” in a sentence

I was doing a grammar activity and filling in sentences when I came across the instruction: "fill in when or if." I was wondering, since these two can be used in a lot of same sentences, what is the ...
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What type of conditional is this?

I know about conditional sentences type 2, but I want to know in which category this kind of conditional sentence is placed: If I could go anywhere in the world, I would ...
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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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Why does this conditional feel wrong?

The following phrase is part of a narrative in past tense. My mind has been going in circles around it, so any help would be appreciated. He sighed and replied quickly, as if he had had only a few ...
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If that won't happen, we'll have no choice

The decision has been made and we ask for just one thing, an immediate positive intervention of Zaccagnini. If that won't happen, we'll have no choice but to execute the sentence, you understand? ...
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Do tenses in conditional sentences conflict with the verb tenses in a sentence?

OK, we all know that “The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past.” Source Example 1. Mary had studied English before she moved to New York. — ...
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“I like to” vs. “I'd like to”

When making a polite request, people often use the phrase, "I'd like to [SOME REQUEST]". But I also see the form, "I like to [SOME REQUEST]". For example, a former boss would arbitrarily interchange ...
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“”If I met someone earlier today“ or ”“If I meet someone earlier today”? [closed]

I'm confused about the tense of the verbs in the following sentence: If I met someone earlier today, I probably wouldn't remember either. I know the whole sentence is just an imaginary ...
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Have vs Have been

If Jim had taken Sandra to a romantic film, she wouldn't have been so frightened. If I hadn't missed the train, I wouldn't have been late. If she had known the address, she would have been able to ...
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Conditionals in the past [closed]

If I have a conditional sentence of type 1, let`s say, "If it works out he will be awarded" how will it sound in the past, as if reported? Is it correct to say: "[Everybody thought that] if it worked ...
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To condition the entry on

I'm looking for the most natural way of saying that someone will agree to something if their demands are met and I'm not sure if each of these phrasings would sound grammatical and natural for the ...
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“If someone would” - construction

I have just read a passage from an adapted version of the Arabian Nights (translated by Lang): "The rest is still more wonderful," replied Scheherazade, "and you would say so, if the sultan ...
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3rd conditional + inversion

So I know that the following sentence is correct: "Had I known about that, I wouldn't have talked to her." However is this one correct too? "I wouldn't have talked to her had I known about that." ...
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sequence of tenses in conditional mood

If I ruined this relationship, I would kill myself because I wouldn't be able to forget about the love I had lost. I would like to know whether "had lost" is correct. Maybe "have lost" would be ...
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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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Incorrect usage of unless

Why can't the conditional I would go to bed if I wasn't waiting for a phone call be transformed thus I would go to bed unless I was/wasn't waiting for a phone call A student asked me why ...
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“Will have” vs. “Would have”

By the end of the year, I would have attended this school for five years. Of course, the "most" correct way of writing this would be: By the end of the year, I will have attended this school ...
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What is this type of unwarranted assumption called?

If Jim is taller than Susan, all tall people are named Jim. In this condition the protasis has an apparent relationship with the apodosis, but regardless of whether protasis is true or false, it ...
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why do we use “were” instead of “was” in second conditional sentences?

I have usually noticed that often in second conditional sentences "were" is used instead of "was". After trying to understand some concepts I couldn't understand its reason .I will be glad if you guys ...
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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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Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed]

In the dictionary, I found this example (Source): I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. Clearly, this is the conditional sentence, type 2 which expresses something that is impossible in ...
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Fourth type of conditional (past and possible)?

I learn that there are 3 types of conditional sentences: Type 1 (present and possible): If I have money (and it's possible one day), I will donate. Type 2 (present and impossible): If I had money ...
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having done the paperwork [closed]

I wanna tell someone that I would like to do something before finishing the paperwork, which one is correct: 1- I would like to start, even before having the paperwork done. 2- I would like to start, ...
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Why are the “first conditional”, “second conditional”, and “third conditional” so named?

I have learned a lot about the first, second and third conditionals, but something that always crossed my mind is why they are called 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Does anyone have an explanation for this? ...
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Can anyone tell me if the use of the word “would” makes this sentence conditional/hypothetical?

So, me and some others got into a little debate about this and I found some really good information on here, and wanted to get some good expert opinions. I have 2 questions about the following ...
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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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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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Use of will in condition clauses [duplicate]

I've got following sentence in a visa application form: You are not required to provide a medical certificate or Chest X-ray Certificate if you will be in New Zealand for less than six months. ...
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I wouldn't work if I wouldn't get paid [closed]

I would like to know if I can say, "I wouldn't work, if I wouldn't get paid." My question is can I use would twice in a sentece to express something imaginary or I have to stick to would & were. ...
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what will be the time of a second conditional sentense? [closed]

what is the time difference between these two sentences? If I knew her name, I would tell you If I had known her name, I would have told you. As far as I know the effect of both ...
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Is this sentence correct? (Tense)

Conditionals seem to be a pretty basic unit of grammar, but this sentence nevertheless got me stuck: The experts were felt to have little hope of reducing the differences, even if an ...
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Non-conditional IFs [closed]

So I've heard some (I don't know what to call) non-conditional Ifs, and I've been trying to figure it out how they work. It's not like the first time I get troubles with conditional sentences, I ...
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Is this type of conditional sentence used by native speakers?

I was wondering if any native speaker used the following type of conditional sentence: If my mother-in-law was coming tomorrow, I would have spent all day cleaning the house. By the way, the ...
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“would” in main clause

Could someone justify why the sentence below is correct grammar, according to many? "I would appreciate it if you would send me the money" Why not "sent" instead of "would send"? Sounds like a ...
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If I Were You and You Were I

These are song lyrics, so there's poetic license--yes. However, it raises a grammar question that some friends and I have wondered about for years. Song goes: If for a moment I were you, and you ...
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“If I had had money, I [would give/could give/would have given] you…” [closed]

I wish I had had money. If I had had money... I would have given you... I would give you... I could give you... Which one is correct? Please let me know.
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Conditional sentence - first & second

What is the difference between first conditional and second conditional? 1) if i know her, I will tell you 2)If i knew her, i would tell you how somebody can use the second conditional at the time ...
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Is it necessary to use 'then' in the second/main clause of a conditional sentence?

If there is a problem, you need to communicate it. vs. The question is that is there a difference between the two phrases? If yes, then what is it? Both of them seem correct. So what is ...
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conditional tenses

please can anyone help me analyse the tenses in this conditional sentence: "If we did not stay up so late, we would not be so tired." What's the tense of "did not stay up" here? It's not past ...
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“If I knew you're coming I wouldn't have come”

Is the statement If I knew you're coming I wouldn't have come correct? Should we use If I had known you're coming, I wouldn't have come instead? Please consider American-British ...
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double subjunctive in conditional clause

I came up with a question while reading a poem by Duhamel: "If I were the kind who made promises, I'd probably begin by saying..." So, why made and not "makes"? Is it strictly necessary to use the ...
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'Would' and 'might': differences and usage

Let us suppose that a hurricane is expected tomorrow in the place you are visiting. Would it be better that you say either "I think it would be better to leave early." or "I think it might be better ...
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The meaning of inference conditional form

I'm studying conditional forms, and as I understood most of the time the if clause did not happen, for example in If I had prepared for the interview, I wouldn't be so nervous, so it means that I did ...
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'd hate to be vs. 'd hate being [closed]

Which of the following two structures is grammatically correct? Why? I'd hate to be questioned by the FBI. I'd hate being questioned by the FBI.
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Can “should” be used to mean “if” and used to mean “would” in the same sentence?

It's grammatical to use "should" like "if": Should you need me, call. I'll be available should she ask for me. Should my mother call, let her know I'll be back shortly. It's also ...
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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.) ...