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## Conditional

Is the sentence "She wouldn't be able to live without her make - up." in conditional tense?*

Furthermore, does any statement which expresses possibility (however unlikely one) or probability represent the conditional tense?

Many thanks.

*also, was I supposed to use "the" before conditional tense in this particular sentence?

2. ## Re: Conditional

It is in the conditional, but the conditional is a mood, not a tense. (Tense < L. Tempus, time). In English it must have would or should to be a conditional, other expressions of probability are not conditionals.

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## Re: Conditional

Originally Posted by konungursvia
It is in the conditional, but the conditional is a mood, not a tense. (Tense < L. Tempus, time). In English it must have would or should to be a conditional, other expressions of probability are not conditionals.

Thank you konungursvia!
But, what other expressions of probability are there?

4. ## Re: Conditional

There is little chance I'll explain, because in all likelihood someone won't understand.

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## Re: Conditional

I'd appreciate if you would try!

I may be a little bit on the slow side (if that's what you've implied), but, hey, some learners are and, as a teacher I am sure you are used to it!

6. ## Re: Conditional

Originally Posted by vanity
Is the sentence "She wouldn't be able to live without her make - up." in conditional tense?*
By the way, the '-' in make-up is a hyphen. A hyphen - unlike a dash - has no spaces around it.

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## Re: Conditional

Originally Posted by Raymott
By the way, the '-' in make-up is a hyphen. A hyphen - unlike a dash - has no spaces around it.
Thanks for that, Raymott!
Most learners (myself included) do not distinguish between dash and hyphen. But now it seems clear to me - hyphen is in fact part of the word and as such should not be separated! Cheers!

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My second reply was a fun riddle.

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## Re: Conditional

Originally Posted by konungursvia
My second reply was a fun riddle.
C'mon, give us a clue!

10. ## Re: Conditional

Originally Posted by vanity
C'mon, give us a clue!
You asked for more examples of terms of probability and konungursiva gave you two more:
1. There is little chance
2. in all likelihood

No doubt, you will now understand.

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