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I have a real trouble to properly translate to English following Russian phrase 'У вас будет хоть что-то более интересное, чем это?'. As far as I can understand, it's a question with unreal condition with relation for the future tense.

A rough literal translation would be: 'Will you have at least something which is more interesting than this?', but this translation loose all 'unreal' part and I'm not sure if I used tenses right.

Update: Few people helped me to make it less boring: 'Are you going to have something more interesting than this?'.

How this kind of construction is named in English?

  • "When are you likely to have something more interesting than this?" is idiomatic and asks for a prediction, conceding that the person/s asked may not be able to give a totally accurate answer. Language containing / allowing estimates of certainty / probability uses 'modal' devices (here, the string 'be likely to'). – Edwin Ashworth May 15 '18 at 16:15
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    @Edwin Ashworth: I can't read the Russian original, but Come back when you have something more interesting / useful / worthwhile is an idiomatic response for what seems to be the context here. Alternatively, Tell me something I don't know might qualify as a kind of "understatement", but I have no idea what OP's hoping to get by asking for a "name" for this "construction" (What construction? Are we being asked to analyse Russian text? Or analyse any one of an open-ended set of "rough translations" in English?) – FumbleFingers May 15 '18 at 16:41
  • @FF Sarcasm can't be ruled out here and may well be the more probable, but we don't want to offend any Russians. – Edwin Ashworth May 15 '18 at 16:48
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    By an unreal condition relating to the future do you mean it has not happened yet but it could (hypothetical), or that you don't believe that it will happen? – Al Maki May 16 '18 at 0:51
  • This phrase should express some scepticism and to sent message "I'm not interesting in this, but may be you have something else". – George Shuklin May 25 '18 at 13:13

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