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  1. magdalena
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    conditionals

    Why "could" can go with first conditional ,i think that it goes with second?

  2. Natalie27
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    Re: conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena
    Why "could" can go with first conditional ,i think that it goes with second?
    It can? I also thought it goes with the 2nd conditional.

    If I could...I would...

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    Re: conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena
    Why "could" can go with first conditional ,i think that it goes with second?
    The modal "could" indicates a neutral possibility.

    If it doesn't rain tomorrow, we could go for a walk in the park. - a real possibility in the speaker's mind - There's a possibility of going for a walk tomorrow.

    If it weren't raining now, we could go for a walk in the park. - They probably won't go for a walk.

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