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    Exclamation If he is such a good doctor,he should have diagnosed my illness

    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me if this conditional sentence is right or not?
    ( If he is such a good doctor,he should have diagnosed my illness.)

    One of my teachers said we can never say such a sentence because it doesn`t make sense in english.He said the right one would be:
    ( If he were such a good doctor,he should have diagnosed my illness.)
    Is that right?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: If he is such a good doctor,he should have diagnosed my illness

    It is a correct sentence, though unusual in mixing the first and third conditionals. This is normally only done with 'should', though I have seen it done with 'would'. If I say, 'if he were', then I don't believe he is a good doctor, while if I say 'if he is', then I am still unsure about it- I tend towards thinking he's not a good doctor, but am prepared to be wrong.

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