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    Default Please advise on the use of Conditionals , teachers! T_T

    I am not sure whether the conditional used below is correct! Please advise and correct the passage if there's any mistakes. Many thanks again! T_T



    Although I may not be good at doing business, I will try my best. If I can, maybe I will employ a robot as my assistant and call it Amy. Then, I can type all the information into Amy's "Memory Ball".

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    Default Re: Please advise on the use of Conditionals , teachers! T_T

    Here are my suggestions. Please give me your opinion of them. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    Although I may not be good at doing business, I will try my best. If I can, maybe I will employ a robot as my assistant and call it Amy. Then, I can type all the information into Amy's "Memory Ball".
    • Although I may not be good at business, I will do my best. If I can, maybe I will employ a robot as my assistant and call it Amy. Then I can type all the information into Amy's "Memory Ball".

    What do you think?

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    Thanks for helping, Ronbee! I just got confused with using the modal " can" in such a case as employing a robot (which is fairly an impossible thing to do). I thought we should use the modal "could" instead. Anyway, if the modal used in the sentence is fine, then I will just keep to it! Thanks! ^o^

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    You would use would there to suggest impossibility. Example:
    • If I could employ a robot I would do so.
    (You can't, but you would like to.)

    While "try my best" is used, I think it would be better to do your best. (Good at doing business is not used. It's good at business.)

    :)

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