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    Would it be the right condittional?

    "The following sentences are about women in the 20th century. "The socially active housewife was able to be as busy as her husband,but her activitysprang from interest rather than necessity. As a result her commitment was exciting,dramatic, but not necessarily enduring. If politics palled, she might turn to gardening."

    The last sentence is giving me issues. I can't understand it correctly. Is it OK with the use of "might"? Would it mean "When politics palled, she could/would turn to gardening"?
    Last edited by ostap77; 14-Sep-2012 at 15:21.

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    Re: Would it be the right condittional?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "The following sentences are about women in the 20th century. "The socially active housewife was able to be as busy as her husband,but her activitysprang from interest rather than necessity. As a result her commitment was exciting,dramatic, but not necessarily enduring. If politics palled, she might turn to gardening."

    The last sentence is giving me issues. I can't understand it correctly. Is it OK with the use of "might"? Would it mean "When politics palled, she could/would turn to gardening"?
    'Might' is the past tense of 'may' in this case.
    If politics palls, she may turn to gardening." (present)
    If politics palled, she might turn to gardening." (past)
    Yes, you could use 'can' and 'could'.

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    Re: Would it be the right condittional?

    What about "If politics palled, she would turn to gardening" to mean that when politics palled she would turn to gardening?

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    Re: Would it be the right condittional?

    No. She MIGHT turn to gardening, but she might turn to quilting, or tennis, or French cooking classes, or any other activity.

    If you say "she would" then it was a definite path.
    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: Would it be the right condittional?

    Appreciate your help! Could I say "If politics palled , she would have turned to gardening" to make a path less definite?
    Last edited by ostap77; 14-Sep-2012 at 20:46.

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    Re: Would it be the right condittional?

    No, that makes no difference at all. That is still saying it was her certain path.
    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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