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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    If they don't have it,

    This definitely belongs to factual conditional. But is it general truth or habitual act? It seems more like general truth, but I'm still not sure how to tell the two as the two are similar. Do you have any critieria or don't I have to tell the two, just categorizing it to factual conditional?

    ex)For many people, a cup of coffee in the morning is part of their daily routine. If they don't have it, the rest of their day feels incomplete. Obviously, part of what makes a cup of morning coffee so enjoyable is the coffee itself.....

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    Re: If they don't have it,

    As I have suggested more than once, keannu, labelling is only a means to an end. If the labelling becomes more imprtant than the message itself, then perhaps things are getting out of proportion. You would need to get inside the writer's mind if you wanted to know exactly what he intended with those words - if he ever had any precise intention.

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