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    Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Delhi."

    The sentence below is from TODAY newspaper. It is from New Delhi. It is in relation to a rape victim who was studying to become a physiotherapist.

    Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Delhi."

    Shouldn't it be were and would as it seems a hypothetical sentence?

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    Re: Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Del

    It is talking about the future.

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    Re: Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Del

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The sentence below is from TODAY newspaper. It is from New Delhi. It is in relation to a rape victim who was studying to become a physiotherapist.

    Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Delhi."

    Shouldn't it be were and would as it seems a hypothetical sentence?

    Thanks.
    That is a typical first conditional: If present, then future.

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    Re: Her dad said, "If they are not hanged, it will be a shame for everyone in New Del

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Shouldn't it be were and would as it seems a hypothetical sentence?
    I can see your logic as he wants them to be hanged, but he may think there's a real chance of this happening.

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