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    Question 2nd conditionals

    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
    The text I quoted is from the signature column of Barb_D, moderator of the forums.

    What does 2nd condtionals refer to?

    Thanks!

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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    If you knew the answer, you wouldn't have to ask the question.

    It's an if clause talking about unlikely/improbable situations in the present. But the example itself should give you the general idea better.

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    However, to be very accurate, the "if clause" is a condition, not a conditional.

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    Thank you, Barb_D. My teacher of English taught me this grammar, but we call this subjunctive mood.

    But why is 'conditional' in plural form?

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    There are different conditional cases, or different conditionals. Your teacher should not have called a conditional subjunctive; while a bit similar (both are hypotheticals) they aren't the same.

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    There are different conditional cases, or different conditionals. Your teacher should not have called a conditional subjunctive; while a bit similar (both are hypotheticals) they aren't the same.
    How about this?
    Subjunctive mood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    Yes, that article has gotten it right; but I thought you meant your teacher had called conditionals subjunctives, sorry.

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    Re: 2nd conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, that article has gotten it right; but I thought you meant your teacher had called conditionals subjunctives, sorry.
    My bad. I didn't express myself clearly. English is not my mother tongue.

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