Conditional Sentence

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Conditional Sentence

Unread postby Franz » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:00 am

Is it possible to combine conditional sentence type II ( unreal present) with type III (unreal Past)
like this sentence :
If they hadn't got sponsorship, they would be unable to conduct the seminar.

I will really appreciate any help :-)

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Re: Conditional Sentence

Unread postby hammou » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:02 pm

No, in every single sentence, you should use only one conditional type.

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Re: Conditional Sentence

Unread postby gavinlee » Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:21 am

If they hadn't have got sponsorship, they would not have been able to conduct the seminar.

I think this would be correct..

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Re: Conditional Sentence

Unread postby RosalindaPerez » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:47 am

Actually, there is a "fourth" type of conditional sentence called "Mixed Conditionals."

YES, you can put together in one sentence type 2 and type 3 conditionals to express an unreal past with results in the present.

Other examples:
If George had attended the meeting (last week), he would be aware of the latest developments (now).
If costs hadn't gone up twenty percent, we would be making a profit.
If you had received the press release, you would know about the product.

For more details, you can check "The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar." (Conditional, p. 84)

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Re: Conditional Sentence

Unread postby yanzalong » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:47 pm

Rosalinda Perez, I agree with you.

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Re: Conditional Sentence

Unread postby RosalindaPerez » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:56 am

Dear Shayanjameel:

Yes, WAS would be correct as you were talking about something that ACTUALLY happened.

Rosalinda Perez


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