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If I got home late, my mom scolded me.
I saw the sentence in this website: http://www.grammaring.com/zero-condi...ndirect-speech
But I think it' grammatically incorrect. I mean the second part of the sentence doesn't make much sense to me because
there is no "would"
Do you agree with me?
It looks like this self made sentence:
If I saw an animal, I hunted it. (See... without "would" it doesn't make a good sense to me)
Last edited by MikeNewYork; 12-Oct-2013 at 22:51. Reason: typo
In contexts like that, the whole structure is often referred to as 'false conditional'.
Would would be perfect in a true conditional sentence when speaking of a hypothetical situation. In such a case, you're just presuming what might happen if you got home late.