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    conditionals

    Is there any chance for the sentence below to be grammatical?
    ex. She would die unless the doctor saved her.

    I would imagine that this sentence could describe the real situation of the past event.
    That is, unlike unreal-conditionals, "She was expected to die except if the doctor saved her." Is it right?
    And the proposition of the unless-clause was unknown to us whether it was fulfilled or not. Am I right on my thinking?

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    #2

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    It works (in the right context), and we don't know without more information whether she lived or died.

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    Re: conditionals

    Thank you for the answer.
    Then what is the more appropriate to think - the sentence in question is a hypothetical unreal conditional sentence or a real conditional sentence?

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    #4

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    One cannot be sure without context.

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    Re: conditionals

    To tell the truth, I just saw this example in isolation somewhere else.
    So I basically don't know what context is to be used.
    The context I contrive to make as best as I can is just as follows;
    The sentence in question is the bacakshifted version of 'She will die unless the doctor saves her'.
    But I know that this cannot be any satisfactory at all. Would you please suggest some proper and clever context?

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    Re: conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    To tell the truth, I just saw this example in isolation somewhere else.
    So I basically don't know what context is to be used.
    The context I contrive to make as best as I can is just as follows;
    The sentence in question is the bacakshifted version of 'She will die unless the doctor saves her'.
    But I know that this cannot be any satisfactory at all. Would you please suggest some proper and clever context?
    I find it extremely unlikely that you simply saw that sentence, all alone, for no good reason, in isolation. If you can't remember the context, then just say so.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: conditionals

    What good for me to hide the truth? Literally speaking, I found that sentence in isolation like an island in the ocean.
    I will also be embarrassed if I see a sentence alone floating without any context. But I cannot help what the given fact is.
    I would like to assure you that there was really no context at all when I happened to find this sentence.

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    Re: conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    What good for me to hide the truth? Literally speaking, I found that sentence in isolation like an island in the ocean.
    I will also be embarrassed if I see a sentence alone floating without any context. But I cannot help what the given fact is.
    I would like to assure you that there was really no context at all when I happened to find this sentence.
    One way I think this would work is "She knew she would die if the doctor didn't save her."

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    And in indirect speech:
    They told us she would die if the doctor didn't manage to save her.

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