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    if clause has present tense verb in the conditional statement

    It would be better if this thread is now closed.

    Which type of conditional statement is it? I have never learnt such a conditional statement.

    Suppose it was second conditional then, I have learnt, we use past verb in the if clause. e.g. If I were you, I would love her. But in the "It would be....is now closed", the present tense verb "is" has been used. So I am confused.

    Could you help me with this?

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    Re: if clause has present tense verb in the conditional statement

    Hello Gary,

    The main clause or "apodosis" ("it would be better") is the main clause of a type 2 conditional.

    The if-clause or "protasis" ("if this thread is now closed") is the if-clause of a type 1 conditional.

    This kind of "mixed" conditional is common in spoken English and less formal kinds of written English (on webpages, in emails, etc.).

    It can happen when a speaker begins his utterance in a conjectural or tentative frame of mind ("X would be better"), but then focuses on the immediate situation ("if Y is done").

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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