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    Hi guys,
    "Gareth Bale would listen to an offer from Real Madrid if they agreed a fee with Tottenham, according to his agent."
    BBC Sport - Gareth Bale would listen to Real Madrid offer, says agent
    I know this sentence is a future unreal conditional sentence. Because in the sentence, if clause has simple past and resultant clause has would+base form.
    I am struggling a bit with determine future real and unreal condition. Could anyone explain why we are classifying it as unreal.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidplaylist View Post
    Hi guys,
    "Gareth Bale would listen to an offer from Real Madrid if they agreed a fee with Tottenham, according to his agent."
    BBC Sport - Gareth Bale would listen to Real Madrid offer, says agent
    I know this sentence is a future unreal conditional sentence. Because in the sentence, if clause has simple past and resultant clause has would+base form.
    I am struggling a bit with determine future real and unreal condition. Could anyone explain why we are classifying it as unreal.
    Thanks,
    Vid
    "Gareth Bale would listen to an offer from Real Madrid if they agreed a fee with Tottenham, according to his agent."
    This is not an "unreal" conditional. It is a "type 1/first" conditional. It's possible that Gareth Bale will listen to an offer, if certain conditions are met.

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    Re: would use

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Gareth Bale would listen to an offer from Real Madrid if they agreed a fee with Tottenham, according to his agent."
    This is not an "unreal" conditional. It is a "type 1/first" conditional. It's possible that Gareth Bale will listen to an offer, if certain conditions are met.
    Then why is this sentence using would in the resultant clause.

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    Re: would use

    The back-shifting of sense in reported speech.

    I said, "If you build it, they will come."

    She said that if you built it, they would come.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 02-Jun-2013 at 13:51. Reason: Fixed typo
    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 use

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The back-shifting of sense in reported speech.

    I said, "If you build it, they will come."

    She said that if you built it, they could come.
    Then what I understand would is the past form of will( would use for future in past)

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    Re: would use

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Gareth Bale would listen to an offer from Real Madrid if they agreed a fee with Tottenham, according to his agent."
    This is not an "unreal" conditional. It is a "type 1/first" conditional. It's possible that Gareth Bale will listen to an offer, if certain conditions are met.
    Could you please confirm that the use of would is the past form of will (use of future in past)?

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    Re: would use

    Barb_D, sorry, but I don't understand the message above.
    Can I say: "She said that if you built it, they would come" ? Is it correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Barb_D, sorry, but I don't understand the message above.
    Can I say: "She said that if you built it, they would come" ? Is it correct?
    Do you think I posted it as an example of incorrect grammar?
    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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    #9

    Re: would use

    I just asked, sorry if I have offended you.

    I think it because Will have an another form in past tense:

    Present will
    Past would

    But Barb_D wrote the another verb "could".
    Therefore, I have asked.

    Did you get angry with me?
    Last edited by Nicklexoxo; 01-Jun-2013 at 20:39.

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    Re: would use

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    I just asked, sorry if I have offended you.
    The question remains: Why do you think BarbD posted that if it was wrong?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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