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Written Expression

Unread postby Fernando » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:27 am

I have been a little bit confused on the TOEFl's written expression, pls help..


In many countries, metal detecting is illegal, and the authorities argue that if it were to allow unrestricted use of detector, many antiquities would be stolen

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Re: Written Expression

Unread postby RosalindaPerez » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:29 am

Dear Fernando:

You did not exactly specify what you were confused about in one of the sentences in TOEFL's written expression, but I'm guessing it's the use of the unreal conditional structure - "if it (or they) were to allow unrestricted use of detector, many antiquities would be stolen." - am I right?

The unreal conditional structure is used when one talks about unlikely conditions in the present. For example, "If I enjoyed games, I would buy a Games Master."
(But I don't enjoy them. So, I haven't bought a Games Master.)
"If Sherwin didn't like his job, he would look for another one."
(But he likes his job. So, he doesn't look for another one.)
"If I were a bird, I would fly to London."
(But I'm not a bird, so I can't fly to London."

The speaker talks about conditions in the present, but uses words that are in the past tense. This is the unreal conditional structure or second conditional sentence

I hope I've helped you somehow.

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Re: Written Expression

Unread postby dowiemarron » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:47 am

Learned so much from this one. Thanks, Rosalinda.

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Re: Written Expression

Unread postby Syl » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:55 pm

Fernando wrote:I have been a little bit confused on the TOEFl's written expression, pls help..


In many countries, metal detecting is illegal, and the authorities argue that if it were to allow unrestricted use of detector, many antiquities would be stolen


Fernando, besides Rosalinda's explanation which is excellent, could you please specify more clearly what your doubt is? I confess I don't understand your question.

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Re: Written Expression

Unread postby Syl » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:11 pm

Thanks, teffjones! ;-)


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