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    Default I might have lost all hope

    I think "might have lost all hope" is a counterfactual imaginary situation that didn't actually happen, but "feeling so lonely = As I felt so lonley" is not an ordinary phrase in a conditional. Usually "If S+had+pp" appears, but as this is a background reason for the result clause, this can be possible. I need someone's more explanation.

    ex)There was a time in my life when I was feeling very lonely. I didn't think I had any friends. Every day I came home to an empty house with an empty heart. Feeling so lonely, I might have lost all hope. But my dog, Fluffy, was always at the door waiting for me. She seemed to know whenever I was sad or lonely. One time she even gave me a gift: an old bone. She must have thought the bone would cheer me up. Those bad times passed eventually, but they would have been a lot more difficult if it had not been for my faithful companion, Fluffy.

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    Default Re: I might have lost all hope

    It's counterfactual- the person didn't lose hope, though they were in a situation where they could have done so.

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    Smile Re: I might have lost all hope

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think "might have lost all hope" is a counterfactual imaginary situation that didn't actually happen, but "feeling so lonely = As I felt so lonley" is not an ordinary phrase in a conditional. Usually "If S+had+pp" appears, but as this is a background reason for the result clause, this can be possible. I need someone's more explanation.

    ex)There was a time in my life when I was feeling very lonely. I didn't think I had any friends. Every day I came home to an empty house with an empty heart. Feeling so lonely, I might have lost all hope. But my dog, Fluffy, was always at the door waiting for me. She seemed to know whenever I was sad or lonely. One time she even gave me a gift: an old bone. She must have thought the bone would cheer me up. Those bad times passed eventually, but they would have been a lot more difficult if it had not been for my faithful companion, Fluffy.
    Hi
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    Can you give the reference to this example ?

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    Default Re: I might have lost all hope

    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    Hi
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    Can you give the reference to this example ?
    Sorry, It's from a workbook, I just typed it here, This is all.

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