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    Default Conditional with Modal Verbs

    What do these mean?
    1. He may go there.
    2. He might go there.
    3. He might do that
    4. He may do that

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    If I went to Egypt, I would can learn Arabic. NOT CORRECT
    If I went to Egypt, I could learn Arabic.
    What do these mean?
    5. If I went to Egypt, I would learn Arabic. (If this is incorrect, why? I don't understand.)
    6. If I went to Egypt, I could learn Arabic.

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    If she had time, she would may go to the party. NOT CORRECT
    If she had time, she might go to the party. CORRECT
    7. If she had time, she would go to the party. (I don't get it. Why is it incorrect with 'would'?)
    8. If she had time, she might go to the party. (How come 'might' is correct here? Isn't 'might' used for future tense?)

    What do these mean?
    9. I would go there if I had the money. (Is this right? If so, why isn't #5 and #7 correct?)
    10. I could go there if I had the money. (What does this one mean? What does it mean compared to #9?)

    Are these correct? What do they mean?
    11. If she have time, she might go to the party. (If it is incorrect, why? I don't get it.)
    12. If she have time, she may go to the party. (If it is incorrect, why? I don't get it.)
    13. If she have time, she will go to the party. (Is this correct? If so, why? Why aren't the other ones correct?)

    What do these mean?
    14. If you use this for a long time, this product will break.
    15. If you use this for a long time, this product might break.
    16. If you use this for a long time, this product may break.
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    Default Re: Conditional with Modal Verbs

    1,4- maybe or maybe not, possiblity
    2,3- might or might not, possiblility

    5- correct, would like to (more of a willingless thing)
    6- would be able to

    7- correct
    8- correct
    9,10- correct, willingness/ability

    11-13 If she has time, the last part is correct.

    14- this product will break.Something will happen in the future, almost 100% sure of it.
    15- this product might break.The possibility of breaking is uncertain.
    16- this product may break. Maybe it will break or maybe not.

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    Default Re: Conditional with Modal Verbs

    Thanks.

    Are these correct? If not, why? What do they mean?
    1. If she has time, she could go to the party. (Is this incorrect? Because it is present+past where it should present+present?)
    2. If she has time, she would go to the party. (Is this incorrect? Because it is present+past where it should be present+present?)

    3. If she had time, she can go to the party. (Is this incorrect? Because it is past+present where it should be past+past?)
    4. If she had time, she will go to the party. (Is this incorrect? Because it is past+present where it should be past+past?)

    5. If she has time, she can go to the party. (What does this mean compared to #1 and #6?)
    6. If she has time, she will go to the party. (What does this mean compared to #2 and #5?)
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    Default Re: Conditional with Modal Verbs

    1., 5., and 6. are OK, but I'd reverse the order of the clauses.

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    Naughty Cass,

    Why would you reverse the order of the clauses?!

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    1. If she had time, she might go to the party. (Is this correct? How come? Is this past+present? How is that correct? Why isn't it wrong? )

    Isn't it supposed to be like this:
    2. If she has time, she might go to the party.

    3. If she had time, she will go to the party. (#3 is incorrect, past+present; how is #1 correct?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    1. If she had time, she might go to the party. (Is this correct? How come? Is this past+present? How is that correct? Why isn't it wrong? )

    Isn't it supposed to be like this:
    2. If she has time, she might go to the party.

    3. If she had time, she will go to the party. (#3 is incorrect, past+present; how is #1 correct?)
    Try,

    She might have gone/She should have gone/She would have gone/She could have gone to the party if she had time.

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    Default Re: Conditional with Modal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Naughty Cass,

    Why would you reverse the order of the clauses?!
    What a coincidence! I have the same question - and in your words exactly.

    Wow!


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    Default Re: Conditional with Modal Verbs

    I can read mind.

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    Why is #1 correct and #2 is incorrect?
    1. If she has time, she could go to the party.
    2. If she has time, she would go to the party.

    3. If she had time, she might go to the party. (This is correct? How come 'might' is not in past tense? )
    Last edited by jack; 11-Dec-2004 at 18:52.

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