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    if conditional

    She isn't an architect if she doesn't go to university.
    Is it grammatically correct?
    Best regards.

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    Re: if conditional

    It doesn't make sense.

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    Re: if conditional

    should it be written:
    She won't be an architect if she doesn't go to university.

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    Re: if conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Should it be written: "She won't be an architect if she doesn't go to university"?
    That's better. I suggest "become" rather than "be", though.

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    Re: if conditional

    I am not a teacher.

    "She isn't an architect if she didn't go to university", is probably true too.

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    Re: if conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    if she didn't go to university
    Is it the second conditional?

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    Re: if conditional

    I am not a teacher.

    I might have to start plagiarizing Barb_D because this whole 1st, 2nd, 3rd conditional business really isn't my area of expertise.

    But from what I do know about the 2nd conditional I'd say, no. That would probably be the case with, "She wouldn't be an architect if she didn't go to university."

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    Re: if conditional

    "If she didn't go to university" should mean that she does go to university at present.
    "She wouldn't be an architect if she had not gone to university" is the third conditional.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 23-May-2014 at 12:29.

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    Re: if conditional

    I am not a teacher.

    I think you're right about the 3rd conditional but you're wrong when you say, "If she didn't go to university should mean that she does go to university at present."

    Either she did or didn't go to university in the past. It tells us nothing about what she's doing now.

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    Re: if conditional

    In a second conditional clause, the past subjunctive refers to an unreal situation at present, that's why I think that "lf she didn't go to university" should mean that she does go to university at present.

    I am not a teacher, please correct me if I am wrong.

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