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  • If I would eat better, I would be healthier.

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    Default Conditional

    For a bonus, can you explain why?

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    Default Re: Conditional

    It's the rule:
    I f the verb of the main clause is in the past simple, the verb of the IF-clause is in the conditional
    If the verb of the main clause is in the present simple, the verb of the If-clause is in the future
    If the verb of the main clause is in the past perfect, the If-clause is in the perfect conditional

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    Default Re: Conditional

    How about this:
    If he would only eat better, he wouldn't have so many health problems.
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    Default Re: Conditional

    This is ZERO' conditional, just like:
    If you press the blue button, the machine goes faster. The same tense in the main and the If-clauses.

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    Default Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Raguilli View Post
    This is ZERO' conditional, just like:
    If you press the blue button, the machine goes faster. The same tense in the main and the If-clauses.
    I would not say that it is the same as a zero conditional.

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    Default Re: Conditional

    You would is ok but I would isn't after if.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about this:
    If he would only eat better, he wouldn't have so many health problems.
    or

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    Default Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    But it doesn't work for me with the poll sentence.

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    Thumbs down

    I think, he was still not healthy at the time he said, so we should use the Conditional Type 2. Am I right???

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    Wink Re: Conditional

    this is type 2 of conditionals the general rule is if+past form in dependant clause should have past form in the main clause

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