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    conditionals

    My question is: Which of these sentences is right and why?

    1.If I am given a choice, I would prefer...
    2. If I am given a choice, I will prefer...
    3. If I will be given a choice, I would prefer...
    4. If I were given a choice, I would prefer...
    5. If I will be given a choice, I will prefer...

    There is a possibility that in future I will be able to choose something and I want to express my future preference in a very modest, submissive and polite way. I know some of the rules about conditionals and according to them the second possibility is the right one. But somehow, I feel like that "would" is important there because, as I said, I want to express my future preference in a very modest, submissive and polite way.

    Please help :) Thank you.

    P.S. "a choice" or "the choice"?

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    Re: conditionals

    I don't think you really intend to be sumissive - submissive adjective - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online.

    Your best choice is #4. If I were given a choice, I would prefer...

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    Re: conditionals

    Why? Why not 1. or 2.? Can I really use 4. when I am talking about future?

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    Re: conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Pief View Post
    Why? Why not 1. or 2.? They are possible, #4 is better. Can I really use 4. when I am talking about future? Yes.
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    Re: conditionals

    We have the choice between a real possibility, #1 or #2, a hyypothetical possibility, #4, or unnatural English, #3 or #5.

    If we have a real possibility, hypothetical 'would' in #1 is inappropriate.

    We may talk about a future choice, but not normally a future preference, which knocks out #2.

    That leaves us with #4. That's just about possible, though this would be more natural as : If I were given the choice, I'd choose/go for/selct/settle on ...

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