If I look at some table of conditionals, such as one here, all past conditions are considered unreal.

But a past condition easily can be quite possible. For example, when the speaker simply doesn't know what actions were done or how they were done and is speculating about the possible variants.

Imagine the situation: You don't know which way was chosen by your friend, but depending on it, there could be different consequences. And you say something as:

If she did chose the left way, she could have met the wolf and it is because of that she is not here yet.

But if she did chose the right way, she could have met the woodcutter and now she is not here because of him.

Of course, both conditions here are bad, and I do not know how to write them, and the grammatical tables won't help. Really, I am not sure about the second halves, too.

I think, that it should look like the first conditional, only moved to the past, but the logic won't work here...

Disclaimer: Notice, it is not The Past Real Conditional, mentioned here, for

it describes what you used to do in particular real-life situations.

  • "If he was at the party last night, I didn't see him." As opposed to "If he had been at the party last night, I would have seen him." – Peter Shor Oct 7 '17 at 22:56
  • @PeterShor No, that is not what I am talking about, sorry, for you already had or had not seen him and know the result. So, if you suppose differently, you will use unreal cause. Maybe, with somebody else? Could you use the example with the Red Hat? – Gangnus Oct 7 '17 at 22:58
  • "If he was at the party last night, I didn't see him" is a past conditional that is real. So this contradicts your first sentence "all past conditions are considered unreal," even if it wasn't exactly what you were looking for. – Peter Shor Oct 7 '17 at 23:01
  • @PeterShor No. The past real conditional speaks about the things, that used to happen. It is an absolutely different theme. – Gangnus Oct 7 '17 at 23:03
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    If she did choose the left way, she could have met the wolf and that could be the explanation why she is not here yet. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 7 '17 at 23:08

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