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    Is the sentence "She wouldn't be able to live without her make - up." in conditional tense?*

    Furthermore, does any statement which expresses possibility (however unlikely one) or probability represent the conditional tense?

    Many thanks.

    *also, was I supposed to use "the" before conditional tense in this particular sentence?

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    Re: Conditional

    It is in the conditional, but the conditional is a mood, not a tense. (Tense < L. Tempus, time). In English it must have would or should to be a conditional, other expressions of probability are not conditionals.

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It is in the conditional, but the conditional is a mood, not a tense. (Tense < L. Tempus, time). In English it must have would or should to be a conditional, other expressions of probability are not conditionals.

    Thank you konungursvia!
    But, what other expressions of probability are there?

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    Re: Conditional

    There is little chance I'll explain, because in all likelihood someone won't understand.

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    Re: Conditional

    I'd appreciate if you would try!

    I may be a little bit on the slow side (if that's what you've implied), but, hey, some learners are and, as a teacher I am sure you are used to it!

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by vanity View Post
    Is the sentence "She wouldn't be able to live without her make - up." in conditional tense?*
    By the way, the '-' in make-up is a hyphen. A hyphen - unlike a dash - has no spaces around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    By the way, the '-' in make-up is a hyphen. A hyphen - unlike a dash - has no spaces around it.
    Thanks for that, Raymott!
    Most learners (myself included) do not distinguish between dash and hyphen. But now it seems clear to me - hyphen is in fact part of the word and as such should not be separated! Cheers!

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    Re: Conditional

    My second reply was a fun riddle.

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    My second reply was a fun riddle.
    C'mon, give us a clue!

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    Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by vanity View Post
    C'mon, give us a clue!
    You asked for more examples of terms of probability and konungursiva gave you two more:
    1. There is little chance
    2. in all likelihood

    No doubt, you will now understand.

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