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

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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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When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”

I know that "Would you mind… ?" (the Present Conditional) is more polite than "Do you mind…?" (the Simple Present), and also, that they have to be completed this way: "Do you mind if I do sth?/Would ...
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Does an inverted protasis mean just plain “if”, or does it mean “even if”?

When the first part of a conditional’s if-clause is inverted and the if consequently dropped, is the missing if just a plain old “simple if”, or is it more of an “even if”? For example, in this ...
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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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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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using “if” - when to use present tense, and when to use past tense?

As a native speaker of English, these two sentences sound acceptable to me: A full refund can be claimed if the school fails to provide a textbook. A full refund could be claimed if the ...
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What linguistic structures appear in conditional statements?

I am working on natural language processing and seek to determine if a given sentence is a conditional statement - ex: If I go to the store, then I will spend money. I would have gone to the store, if ...
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If you were listening…, you might wonder

This is part of Obama's commencement speech: Which brings me to my third point: Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. (Applause.) These are qualities ...
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Past referral in if conditional type 1

I am reading the grammar book "Practical English Usage" by Michael Swan. In the book it stated when we are not talking about 'unreal' situations, we use the same tenses with if as with other ...
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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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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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difficult questions in English grammar about if-clauses and introductory-there

I have two questions and I really need answers. If he (won/had won) the cup after he had played the match, I'd have been happy with him ...about this sentence, I'll make it easy for you: ...
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Is this an example of a type 2 conditional? Future hypothetical? What tense should the verbs in the sentence be?

A: Yeah, I hadn’t thought about that. Well, there’s another possibility. You could borrow the book from the library. B: Yeah, that would be a good option. It would be free, and I would be ...
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Usage of conditional in past

I am a non-native speaker, currently reading English fiction to improve my language skills. I stumbled over the following sentence: [...] every creeping sound of the night was magnified, and if ...
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'When' conditional from question

Could you tell, is it correct to say I'm planning to do (things), when I get the results, meaning I have a plan to do things, as soon as I get results ?
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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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“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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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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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.