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

So the issue may be that you are using the common expression I would give anything in an unusual way to refer to a future wish, rather than a wish right now. (See Cambridge Dictionary for an example ...
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Using “would” with the present tense in conditional clauses

Preamble The passage you cite has various verb form inconsistencies and the ungrammatical use of 'the' in the phase 'enter the university next year'. You state that the passage comes from a tutorial ...
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I would agree vs I agree?

You seem to have a handle on the grammatical differences. In terms of word-choice motivation, it's used as a subtle way of distancing oneself from what follows ("I would agree that ...") through use ...
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Use of will in condition clauses

Found the answer to a question in the same article on Wikipedia (which I've added after some more googling): However there are certain situations where will can appear in a condition clause. One type ...
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Future Conditional Subjunctive?

OP said: I would like to write: "If A happens, then B will result." My thoughts: Perfectly correct grammatically, of course - and clearly conveys the certainty of (undesirable) B occurring as a ...
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If Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy someone else will have

If Oswald didn't shoot Kennedy someone else will have. Your edit provides the context for this very bizarre statement. They're employing the future perfect tense into the passive voice and doing it to ...
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Are there past and future equivalents of the “zero conditional”?

Your past zero conditional is perfectly correct. It's true that most grammar books focus on present zero conditionals, not past. However, there are some books that explain the use of past ones. For ...
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Only if-conditional sentences and inversion

Yes, you could. But I would be cautious with that. In case of doubt, stick to the more straight away logical approach. A will happen IF B happens. Assuming that IF B happens, A will happen would be a ...
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The “Polite” Conditional?

Deontic mode, not epistemic mode These are polite requests, not conditioned predictions. In particular, they use modal verbs in the deontic mode of obligations and permissions, not the epistemic mode ...
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Alternative if-then tenses

Both of your examples are examples of the open conditional - the type of conditional where the speaker thinks the condition as likely as not. These come in a variety of combinations depending on the ...
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Future simple or present simple?

Both sentences are grammatically correct because they are of different types. The first one is 'First Conditional'. It refers to real future situations. The verb form in the main clause is usually in ...
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Is the act already finished in second conditional?

A First Conditional states the consequence of a probable future. If you slap him, he'll get mad and break up with you. A Second Conditional hypothesizes about a possible future. If I slapped him, ...
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Proper "mood" for conditional arguments

I'd say the choice between simple present and subjunctive has no real implications regarding whether the speaker either wants or expects some hypothetical event to happen (or not). Having said that, ...
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Trying to understand the sentence: "doesn't" vs "will not"

Both sentences are valid, and each will sometimes be the most appropriate choice. If a Carl will not come to the party, I'll be really upset. This sentence is about what Carl's perceived or ...
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A word for "mapping existing steps into a larger future plan that commences now"

"Sequence". Your wording implies to me that the steps are known, but it is not known when they should be executed. They may be sequenced for the benefit of the one carrying out the steps.
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