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    I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Hi all,

    Is this sentence correct ?

    I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Can I reduce this sentence :

    I win 1 million lottery, which makes me happy >>> I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Thanks

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    If you win 1 mio, we go 50-50, ok? Alright, then here is your answer:

    I win 1 million lottery, making me happy. Not good.
    Winning 1 million in the lottery would make me happy. Or:
    I won 1 mio. in the lottery, which made me happy.

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    If you win 1 mio, we go 50-50, ok? Alright, then here is your answer:

    I win 1 million lottery, making me happy. Not good.
    Winning 1 million in the lottery would make me happy.
    Is the usage of "would" in this sentence equivalent to the usage of would in present unreal conditionals?

    It's obvious that the word "would" is broadly used in sentences that do not include if clauses. So I'm wondering, is it correct grammatically to use the modal verb "would" when not referring to the past but to express an imaginary situation without mentioning any "if clauses"?
    Last edited by RobertT; 20-Sep-2010 at 10:12.

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    'Winning a million in the lottery would make me happy.'

    'If I won a million in the lottery it would make me happy.'

    'If I won a million in the lottery it would make me happy.'

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Winning a million in the lottery would make me happy.'

    'If I won a million in the lottery it would make me happy.'

    'If I won a million in the lottery it would make me happy.'

    Rover
    When people say "would" without any apparent clause in conversations but they are not referring to the past, are they trying to express some imaginary situation?

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    I would say so!

    'would' is the past tense of 'will', an ordinary past tense, but also the past subjunctive of 'will'. As the past subjunctive it is used to to indicate possible situations, things that might happen.

    When you win a million, you would probably be happy. But you haven't won a million (yet), so you can't yet jump up and down and say "Whoopee! I've won a million!" It's still gotta happen. It is irreal.

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    I would say so!

    'would' is the past tense of 'will', an ordinary past tense, but also the past subjunctive of 'will'. As the past subjunctive it is used to to indicate possible situations, things that might happen.

    When you win a million, you would probably be happy. But you haven't won a million (yet), so you can't yet jump up and down and say "Whoopee! I've won a million!" It's still gotta happen. It is irreal.
    Ah ha! "past subjunctive" that is something new for me. Thanks for explaining.

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    Re: I win 1 million lottery, making me happy

    @ PEDROSKI


    Sure, I give you 50 percent of windfall money I won

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