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    Default Conditionals

    Please, check...
    If the house hadn't been stolen, we haven't to buy new furniture now.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    Hello Englishlearner,

    "stolen" is not ok in your sentence.

    If the house hadn't been burglarized, we wouldn't have bought new furniture. (it's third conditional)

    I'm not a native English speaker.

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello Englishlearner,

    "stolen" is not ok in your sentence.

    If the house hadn't been burglarized, we wouldn't have bought new furniture. (it's third conditional)
    But I want to express the idea that I'm buying furnitures now....and your sentence is all about past without any connection with present.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Nov-2013 at 10:31.

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    "... we wouldn't have to buy new..."

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    But I want to express the idea that I'm buying furnitures now....and your sentence is all about past without any connection with present.
    If the house hadn't been burglarized, we wouldn't (have to) buy new furniture now.

    Englishlearner, the word "furniture" is an uncountable noun. Don't say "furnitures"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    If the house hadn't been burglarized, we wouldn't (have to) buy new furniture now.

    Englishlearner, the word "furniture" is an uncountable noun. Don't say "furnitures"
    Thanks...
    I know ,but it happened accidentally

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    [QUOTE=englishlearner77;1025274]
    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello Englishlearner,

    "stolen" is not ok in your sentence.

    If the house hadn't been burglarized, we wouldn't have bought new furniture. (it's third conditional)
    Why is it third conditional,if I'm going to buy furniture right now?
    Shouldn't it be mixed conditional (with past condition and present result?)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Nov-2013 at 10:31.

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    You need to use different titles for your threads.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
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    Why is it third conditional,if I'm going to buy furniture right now?
    Shouldn't it be mixed conditional (with past condition and present result?)
    See posts #4 and #5. Also '... we wouldn't be buying ...'

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    Default Re: Conditionals

    And in BrE, "burgled", not "burglarized".

    If the house hadn't been burgled, we wouldn't have to buy new furniture [now].
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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