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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Really Mixed Conditionals

    Any comments?

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    For number two I would say, "If he was such a good doctor he would have diagnosed the illness." (presumably, he didn't diagnose the illness.)


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    Re: Really Mixed Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    For number two I would say, "If he was such a good doctor he would have diagnosed the illness." (presumably, he didn't diagnose the illness.)
    This doesn't make sense because it makes it sound like he is not a doctor anymore, which is not stated.

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    The second example makes no sense to me.

    I'd think it should be:

    "If he were such a good doctor, he would have diagnosed the illness"

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    Re: Really Mixed Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    For number two I would say, "If he was such a good doctor he would have diagnosed the illness." (presumably, he didn't diagnose the illness.)
    Quote Originally Posted by dduck View Post
    The second example makes no sense to me.

    I'd think it should be:

    "If he were such a good doctor, he would have diagnosed the illness"

    Iain
    Then, is it "If he was or were a good doctor"?
    Which one is more proper?
    (((and proper or appropriate :)))) ???

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    Re: Really Mixed Conditionals

    In formal language 'were' is preferred. In less formal langauge either can be used.


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    Re: Really Mixed Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by dduck View Post
    The second example makes no sense to me.

    I'd think it should be:

    "If he were such a good doctor, he would have diagnosed the illness"

    Iain

    Yeah! I agree with what you say=) is he is such a good doctor he would diagnose the illness' it sounds like future and we are saying what he didin't

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    It is a very strange conditional and it only seems to work with 'should'.

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    #9
    That's me again- I seem to be getting timed out or something tonight. ;-(

  7. aijex ijaz
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    Well, I would say that there are contexts where the two options can make sense. However, considered alone, in themselves, they may pose a bit of a dificulty for someone trying to make sense out of them.

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