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    Default If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    Hi,

    If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    I saw the sentence in this website: http://www.grammaring.com/zero-condi...ndirect-speech
    But I think it' grammatically incorrect. I mean the second part of the sentence doesn't make much sense to me because
    there is no "would"
    Do you agree with me?
    It looks like this self made sentence:

    If I saw an animal, I hunted it. (See... without "would" it doesn't make a good sense to me)

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hi,

    If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    I saw the sentence in this website: http://www.grammaring.com/zero-condi...ndirect-speech
    But I think it' grammatically incorrect. I mean the second part of the sentence doesn't make much sense to me because
    there is no "would"
    Do you agree with me?
    It looks like this self made sentence:

    If I saw an animal, I hunted it. (See... without "would" it doesn't make a good sense to me)

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you
    The presence of "if" in an opening clause does not automatically require "would" in the following clause. Your sentence does not start with a condition that is presumed to be false, so an indicative verb is perfectly natural in the second clause. You could use "Whenever" instead of "If" in your sentence.
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    Default Re: If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I presence of "if" in an opening clause does not automatically require "would" in the following clause. Your sentence does not start with a condition that is presumed to be false, so an indicative verb is perfectly natural in the second clause. You could use "Whenever" instead of "If" in your sentence.


    It's even possible to use 'would' without making it a hypothetical conditional sentence:

    My father wasn't too worried about my after-school activities but, if I got home late, my mom would scold me.

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    Default Re: If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    In contexts like that, the whole structure is often referred to as 'false conditional'.
    Would would be perfect in a true conditional sentence when speaking of a hypothetical situation. In such a case, you're just presuming what might happen if you got home late.

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    Default Re: If I got home late, my mom scolded me.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post


    It's even possible to use 'would' without making it a hypothetical conditional sentence:

    My father wasn't too worried about my after-school activities but, if I got home late, my mom would scold me.
    Yes, I was going to add that but I didn't want to cause confusion. In your example the "would" indicates past habit. The problem is that it has the same format as a second conditional.

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