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  1. bamalangc8@hotmail.com
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    conditionals

    sir/madam, please i want to understand why it is NOT correct to say ,i.e. if i understood what u mean in your test on conditionals, 'if i see her i will tell her' and when might one say 'if i might have seen her, i will tell her'.
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    ba malang

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    Re: conditionals

    Which test? the nearest I have found is this:

    Q20 - If she ..... there, will you give her a message for me?
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    And the answer correctly says that you can say it. If you saw something saying that 'if i see her i will tell her' is incorrect then it's a mistake.

    'if i might have seen her, i will tell her'- This is mixing past and future time and doesn't work. 'Might have seen' would refer to a past possibility of seeing her, so the idea of telling her in the future is illogical. Also, we wouldn't normally use 'might have' in the if clause.

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