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    Milo Guest

    Exclamation second Conditional - Present simple

    Hi can anybody help me please?

    Sentence: "If it isn't problem, I'd love a cup of coffee."

    I have this one sentence with second conditional, but there is used present simple (isn't) not past simple (weren't). Why? I'm really confused, thanks for help

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    AlainK Guest

    Re: second Conditional - Present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Milo
    Hi can anybody help me please?

    Sentence: "If it isn't problem, I'd love a cup of coffee."
    My two centimes d'euro:

    Maybe "If it wasn't a problem" would imply that there is actually a problem, in that case, "I'd love" would express some kind of regret.
    "If it isn't" leaves the door open, it's just a way of saying, I hope you won't mind...

    Hey, teachers, am I right?

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    Re: second Conditional - Present simple

    I would read it slightly differently. Here, you have an ordinary Type 2 conditional:

    1. "Do you want a cup of coffee?" "If I had the time, I'd have one. But I have to go now, unfortunately."

    The "would" indicates "the remote": the speaker is speculating.

    But here Ė

    2. "Do you want something to drink?" "Well, if it isn't a problem, I'd love a cup of coffee."

    Ė the "would" indicates "politeness": "I'd love" is a set phrase, for when we ask for something "politely but with enthusiasm".

    In effect, your sentence is a "polite" Type 1: it's the polite version of:

    3. "If it isn't a problem, I'll have a cup of coffee."

    MrP

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    AlainK Guest

    Re: second Conditional - Present simple

    Very clear indeed, thank you very much for this explanation MrP

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