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Since we could say "If she would come to the party, she would be really surprised." as a second conditional to express our desired outcome, would it be also OK if we used the same structure with the two would in a third conditional sentence like this:
"If she would have come to the party, she would have been really surprised."
It is possible to have 'would' in both clauses of a conditional sentence, if they belong. In fact there are contexts where your original sentence would be correct. However, they are rare, and that sentence with "If she would come to the party, ..." would in almost all cases be an error for "If she came to the party...."
PS: Your third conditional sentence is interesting. I believe it has a meaning, but the last time I tried to explain it, an American member told me my idea was nonsense. Apparently in America, they sometimes use "If she would have ..." in the second conditional to mean "If she had ...". Perhaps someone more familar with AmE could comment on your third conditional sentence. Personally, I'd avoid it.
Last edited by Raymott; 21-May-2014 at 15:45.
any other ideas?