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The underlined is conditional 2 meaning an impossible or improbable case in the present or the future, but if you have to choose one, is it about the present or the future? Conditional 2 always entails the present and the future, so does it mean you don't have to make strict distinction of the two or are they seperated? I've seen numerous cases where to make such distinction is really hard. Please tell me the truth. (Don't tell me the following is the future or the present from the past, I already know it, I mean general concept)
**** I mean "If I were able to move" seems either the opposite of the present(I can't move now, but what if I can move now?)
or improbability of the future(I may not be able to move in the future, but what if I will be able to..?)
ex)My friend Martin used to complain about the city of Los Angeles, where he lived for three years studying in a college. He wanted to go around here and there., but he couldn't do so because of the traffic and the high prices. Martin thought life would be much better if he were able to move to another city.
I guess that's why the concept conditional 2 was created naturally to mean the both sometimes without clear border
Last edited by keannu; 17-Oct-2011 at 23:43.
The so-called first condition expresses a real possibility. This possibility is usually a future one, but it may be present.
A: I think John is in Paris at the moment.
B: Damn! If he's in Paris, then he's with Marie.
If it rains tomorrow, we'll have to cancel the match.
The so-called second condition expresses a more remote, hypothetical possibility. If that possibility is about the present, then the the situation makes it counterfactual.
A. John is in Paris at the moment.
B. Damn! I'd be a lot happier if he were in Berlin. - He is not in Berlin and the speaker is not happier.
If the moon crashed into the earth tomorrow, We'd all be dead within ten seconds. - No matter how remote the possibility, the speaker presents it as possible.