Really Mixed Conditionals

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• 12-Oct-2003, 23:28
Tdol
Really Mixed Conditionals
;-)
• 13-Oct-2003, 01:48
RonBee
For number two I would say, "If he was such a good doctor he would have diagnosed the illness." (presumably, he didn't diagnose the illness.)
• 13-Oct-2003, 18:04
dduck
The second example makes no sense to me.

I'd think it should be:

"If he were such a good doctor, he would have diagnosed the illness"

Iain
• 18-Oct-2003, 21:45
Anonymous
It is a very strange conditional and it only seems to work with 'should'. ;-)
• 18-Oct-2003, 21:46
Tdol
That's me again- I seem to be getting timed out or something tonight. ;-(
• 17-Jun-2004, 18:40
aijex ijaz
Well, I would say that there are contexts where the two options can make sense. However, considered alone, in themselves, they may pose a bit of a dificulty for someone trying to make sense out of them.
• 17-Jun-2004, 19:27
Tdol
It is a strange sentence. The 'should' form always works for me, but the 'would' one depends- sometimes it sounds OK, then at others it doesn't. ;-)
• 18-Jun-2004, 16:26
MikeNewYork
Re: Really Mixed Conditionals
Quote:

Originally Posted by tdol
;-)

I think the sentence would work better with "were" in the "if" clause.

As it stands, I would accept either modal.

With should, it means that if he is a good doctor (and presumably was then) one can legitimately expect a correct diagnosis from him.

With would, it means that a good doctor would have made a correct diagnosis; since this one did not, he is probably not a good doctor.
• 18-Jun-2004, 18:09
Tdol
Re: Really Mixed Conditionals
Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork

I think the sentence would work better with "were" in the "if" clause.

What a shock! :lol:
• 05-Jul-2004, 11:39
Christopher
If he is such a good doctor he would have diagnesed the illness, because if he wasn't he may have not known anything about that sort of illness.
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