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    THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    Salute,

    I was solving some questions concerning The Conditional Forms. I encountered with this question and filled the blank with the answer of "will receive" but when I looked at the answer sheet I found that I must have filled it with "would receive."


    If your friend makes a very important scientific contribution, she (receive) ______ a Noble prize.
    We have got four forms of conditionals:

    1) Present general
    2) Future possible
    3) Present unreal
    4) Past unreal


    I guess we must answer the above question with the second form of conditionals (Future possible). Therefore, "will receive" is correct. I know that 'would' will lessen the possibility and I have seen many of these forms in the ordinary conversations but I can't find the structure of the above sentence.

    If the questioner had changed the question above like the following question then I would have answered and filled the blank with "would receive."

    If your friend made an important scientific contribution, ...........
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    I want to ask an additional question regarding conditional forms. Which of the below sentences is correct? (The present or future tense is my intention.)

    1) If you are interested in English, you can take part in our classes.

    2) If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes.

    Thank you in advance,
    Last edited by Lumia625; 20-Nov-2015 at 07:58.

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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    Salute, Hi/Hello/Greetings.

    I was solving some questions concerning The Cconditional F​forms. I encountered with this question and filled the blank with the answer of "will receive" but when I looked at the answer sheet I found that I must should have filled it with "would receive.",
    Your answer was possible. 'Would' is incorrect.

    ps. It's a Nobel prize.

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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    ... when I looked at the answer sheet I found that I should have filled it with "would receive."
    "Must" doesn't work like that.
    Their answer is wrong. You were right.
    Both of your sentences (1 and 2) are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Both of your sentences (1 and 2) are correct.
    Do they have same meanings?

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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    No.

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    (Response to Post #4) No. The first suggests there is a real possibility of her making a contribution. The second suggests a less real possibility.
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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No.
    See the definition of Present unreal form: Use the present unreal form to describe an imagined situation in the present or in the future.

    The sentence number 2 has made according to the rule of "Present unreal form." Although in that sentence 'past tenses' has used, based on the definition above it must denote future.

    More information: Picture you go to an English institution and the manager of the institution tell you that:

    If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes.
    Can we use the above sentence in that situation? and would you please explain what are the differences between sentence number 1 and 2?

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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    (Additional response to part of post#1)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    We have got four forms of conditionals:

    1) Present general
    2) Future possible
    3) Present unreal
    4) Past unreal
    I think we have:

    Factual Conditionals Present or past time
    Predictive Conditionals Future time
    Hypothetical Conditionals Future or present time
    Counterfactual Conditionals Present or past time
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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. The first suggests there is a real possibility of her making a contribution. The second suggests a less real possibility.
    It seems that you are talking about my first question.

    My answer was "will receive" and the answer sheet says "would receive."

    'Would' suggests a less real possibility. As you and Raymott stated, my answer was correct. but this post seemingly says that both of the answers are correct.

    I asked Raymott that what are the distinctions between the below sentences:

    1) If you are interested in English, you can take part in our classes.

    2) If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes.

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    Re: THE CONDITIONAL FORM (will or would?)

    (Response to Post #7)

    If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes.

    That suggests a hypothetical interest. The speaker could use this if they thought there might be a possibility of interest. They could also use it if there were no possibility. Only context would make this clear:

    A: I am not sure which language I would like to study.
    B: If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes. Would you like to hear more about them?


    C: The only language I want to learn is French, but you have no French classes.
    D: If you were interested in English, you could take part in our classes. However, you aren't, so I'm afraid we can't help you.
    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Nov-2015 at 09:01. Reason: Clarification

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