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Someday, I _____ give anything... future optative? (asking for my dog)

Apparently, when a human pets a dog it produces a particular reaction in the brain akin to solace or well-being. I have a theory that when a dog licks a human, there is a reciprocal effect for the dog....
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Present simple or future conditional

While writing a research proposal, I encountered the following issue. Consider the following two variants: Present simple: I would like to measure X. Finding evidence that X is large is helpful to ...
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Using past tense for possible event in the future?

Can anyone help me with this? Here is a sentence: I wanted to check and see if there was anything you need before I went on my maternity leave. It's from The Office. And she asks the question before ...
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Only if-conditional sentences and inversion

As I was studying for my upcoming grammar exam, I stumbled across the following sentence: Your membership will only be renewed if you pay your subscription within the next seven days. Is it also ...
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Past Perfect Negative Plus Future Perfect while in the Present

Given the situation: I enjoy a podcast that has ended There is a bonus episode of the podcast that I am not aware of that, if I were aware, I would listen to it Somebody tells me about the existence ...
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The “Polite” Conditional?

If you see him, would you say hello? Would you get us some coffee if they have any? Are these questions, in which the “polite” would is used, conditionals of the first or “mixed” type? Are they, in ...
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Alternative if-then tenses

I have a question about two “if-then” sentences. If [past tense] + [past tense]: If they knew, they didn’t say. If [past tense] + [future tense]: If he missed yesterday, he will be here today. ...
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Mixing Conditional 1 and 2

Are the following sentence ok to use ? Are they related to the mixed conditions where you mix between conditional 1 and 2 ???? 1-I want to travel abroad and complete my study if I could. 2- I want ...
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If Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy someone else will have

Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 200, reads If Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy someone else will have would be appropriate in a context where it was not known that Kennedy was shot. I ...
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Future simple or present simple? [closed]

Which one is the correct sentence? If you need a dictionary, I'll lend you mine. If you need a dictionary, I lend you mine.
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Are there past and future equivalents of the “zero conditional”?

All English grammar coursebooks I have seen state that the Zero Conditional refers to something that is always true (and therefore is always certain) and has the form “Present Simple + Present Simple”....
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How to write an imagined, hypothetical future and consequences?

What is the best way to let a character speak about some hypothetical future and the resulting consequences? Example: If the Martians attacked, I'd fly the jet and you'd be my wing-man. You'd be ...
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Unreal conditional for future in question

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 ...
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I would agree vs I agree?

I don't know why many people say "I would agree/disagree" when expressing their agreement regarding point of view or statement, while would is intended to express incertitude of action in the future. ...
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Is the act already finished in second conditional?

First conditionnal :" If I slap him what will he do.?" We're questionning about a future where if the slap happens ( not happened yet) what the person in question will do. Second conditional: " If I ...
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Using “would” with the present tense in conditional clauses

I have met such sentence in my tutorial text: "Today my brother has announced that he is going to enter the university next year. I wondered if he had thought it over properly. He would be able to ...
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Proper "mood" for conditional arguments

Attorneys often argue to a Court that, if the Court does something in the future, a particular result will follow. For such"future" arguments, which is correct?: A. If the Court grants the ...
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Trying to understand the sentence: "doesn't" vs "will not" [closed]

While doing an exercise, I came across the following sentence: If a Carl doesn't come to the party, I'll be really upset. Shouldn't be it like this? If a Carl will not come to the party, I'll ...
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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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Future Conditional Subjunctive?

I assume that "future conditional subjunctive" is not really a term. But that's pretty much what I'm asking about. I often find myself addressing the scenario where (x) one thing "A" may happen in ...
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How to paraphrase "You had better..." with the use of conditional (if)?

I've try to explain my question on an example. I've got following sentence: You had better correct that source code. How to rewrite it with the use of conditional or if statement? I would like to ...
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A Question on Shakespeare's use of conditionals [duplicate]

The following is a big question, but I am really confused by the use of conditional in this Shakespearean excerpt. From The Taming of the Shrew, Act I, Scene I: 142 I am agreed; and would I had ...
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Is the use of "would" valid when describing a hypothetical, future situation?

I am uncertain about the use of "would" in a sentence describing a hypothetical, future situation. The sentence in question is: "If you feel that way, you'd say it." In my opinion, the use of "would"...
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A word for "mapping existing steps into a larger future plan that commences now"

I'm looking for a word or phrase to mean: “mapping existing and ongoing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”. I was thinking about "conforming execution" or "collapsing and initiating ...
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First conditional only for future tense?

Is the first conditional used only for the future, or can it also be used for present tense? Could you please give some examples?
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"In the event of rain, the parade is canceled." Is it correct?

I have found a conditional sentence "In the event of rain, the parade is canceled." on page http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+the+event+of I have thought that main clause of such conditional ...
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Can the Future Perfect be used in a main clause of a conditional sentence that has a stative/non-action verb in the if-clause?

A student asked me this question today about a sentence like: (1) If Canada's population is 40 million, the Canadian economy will have been more dynamic. I was asked if it corresponded, in a future ...
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Future tense in conditional clauses

All the textbooks I have ever come across during the course of my studying English emphasize that future tense should not be used in conditional clauses. For example, If it rains in the evening, we ...
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Conditionals in the future

My colleague and I have a hot discussion about which is correct. My version is: If you don't fix the bug I will send you a patch. and his one is: I would send you a patch if you don't fix the ...
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