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    Even if you are ugly, I'll love you

    Is each interpretation correct?

    1. Even though you are ugly, I love you. - factual, you are actually ugly, but I love you.
    2. Even if you are ugly, I'll love you. - predictive or possibility, I haven't met you, but even in the possible case of your being ugly, I 'll love you.
    3. Even if you were ugly, I would love you.- counterfactual, You are pretty, but even in the opposite case, I would love you.

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    Re: Even if you are ugly, I'll love you

    Looks correct to me, though the second case is awkward in spite of being acceptable. A better formulation would be "2. Even if you do prove to be ugly, I will still love you." This assumes the personality is already known, presumably through correspondence. Or, "2. If you are ugly, when we meet, I'll still love you."

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    Re: Even if you are ugly, I'll love you

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is each interpretation correct? Yes, but I would be interested in the listener's reaction to #1 and if the speaker has recovered from his/her injuries.

    1. Even though you are ugly, I love you. - factual, you are actually ugly, but I love you.
    2. Even if you are ugly, I'll love you. - predictive or possibility, I haven't met you, but even in the possible case of your being ugly, I 'll love you.
    3. Even if you were ugly, I would love you.- counterfactual, You are pretty, but even in the opposite case, I would love you.
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