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    Default 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 )


    Many thanks

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    Default 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
    R

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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Default Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

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

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    Default Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

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

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    Default Re: if only I won $ 1 million lottery.

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

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