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    if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    Hi all,

    It is about conditional ''if only''.

    Is it okay to say '' if only I won $ 1 million lottery, I would buy you a nice car '' ?

    Why '' if only I won $ 1 million lottery'' cannot be followed by a clause ( I would buy you a nice car )


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    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi all,

    It is about conditional ''if only''.

    Is it okay to say '' if only I won a/the $1 million lottery, I would buy you a nice car '' ?
    Yes.


    Why '' if only I won a/the $1 million lottery'' cannot be followed by a clause ( I would buy you a nice car )
    Um ... it can. Is this meant to be different from the above?

    Many thanks
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    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    Has anyone heard 'wan' here?? Somehow, I'd like to say 'wan'. An old form perhaps??

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    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    Has anyone heard 'wan' here?? Somehow, I'd like to say 'wan'. An old form perhaps??
    You want to use "wan" as the past tense of "win"? I've never seen that before.

    Don't use it. :)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    From my schooldays, many years ago, I can remember "win, wan, won".

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    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    I suppose it's the German influence: win = gewinnen, past tense gewann

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    #7

    Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

    That sounds extremely old for your school days. Never heard it.

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