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    "If you missed it, I'm not responsible for that."
    Can we write this as a conditional sentence?
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    Default Re: Conditional sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibhanu View Post
    "If you missed it, I'm not responsible for that."
    Can we write this as a conditional sentence?
    Welcome to the forums, Vibhanu. No, it's an unnatural sentence.

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    Default Re: Conditional sentences

    Yes, it's a mixed conditional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinEnglish View Post
    Yes, it's a mixed conditional.
    I wouldn't call that a mixed conditional. I'd call it an unnatural sentence without a clear meaning.

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    Default Re: Conditional sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd call it an unnatural sentence without a clear meaning.
    I don't agree this time - in the right context.

    A: You didn't wake me in time, and I missed the bus.
    B:
    If you missed it, I'm not responsible for that.

    Here 'if' has a meaning similar to, 'If you missed it, and I accept that you did'.

    Here's a similar usage:

    A: I believed every word he said.
    B: Well, if you believed everything, you're a bigger fool than I thought you were
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    Like many sentences with an if- clause, it's difficult to slot this into the traditional five classes of conditionals, zero, first, second, third and mixed. But then I don't think the traditional five classes are helpful or accurate.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Conditional sentences

    Thank you all.It's really helpful.

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