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  1. Ana Laura
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    Red face could you help me with this?

    hello,

    the following conditional appears in an article

    *As long as the operation is carried out skilfully by an experienced surgeon, keyhole surgery damages the patient far less than a conventional operation.

    1) I would like to know What TYPE of conditional is this and why is it used?


    thank you very much.

    Ana Laura/

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    Re: could you help me with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Laura View Post
    hello,

    the following conditional appears in an article

    *As long as the operation is carried out skilfully by an experienced surgeon, keyhole surgery damages the patient far less than a conventional operation.

    1) I would like to know What TYPE of conditional is this and why is it used?


    thank you very much.

    Ana Laura/
    This is a zero conditional. It has the present tense in both clauses. It is used to describe habitual actions and accepted facts. It is an accepted fact that keyhole surgery is less damaging if it is performed correctly.


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    Re: could you help me with this?

    "As long as" has the same meaning as "if."

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