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    contrary to fact

    Hi dear I'm new here and I have a question
    My question about a sentence made me confused in contrary to fact though I'm understand this topic
    (( you---- a doctor, if you ------ harder at school))
    My teacher told me that the answer is conditional 3 unreal in the past (could have been & had studied).
    But I also insist that we can use with the conditional 2 unreal in the present( would be & studied)
    Because at school maybe in the past or I'm still at school.
    Am I true or false dear
    Thank you

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    Re: contrary to fact

    "Dear" is not a suitable address for a forum.
    Type 3 Conditional is appropriate as it refers to an unreal past, which is what the sentence is about. The writer is no longer in school.
    Type 2 Conditional refers to "now or anytime" even though the verb used is in the simple past tense.
    Last edited by tedmc; 19-Mar-2016 at 06:16.
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    Re: contrary to fact

    Quote Originally Posted by weeshy View Post
    Hi. dear I'm new here and I have a question.
    My question is about a sentence which made me confused in contrary to fact even though I'm I understand this topic.

    (( You ---- a doctor, if you ------ harder at school. ))

    My teacher told me that the answer is a type 3 conditional 3 unreal in the past (could have been & had studied).
    But However, I also insist think/believe that we can use with the type 2 conditional 2 unreal in the present (space here) (would be & studied).

    Because at school maybe in the past or I'm still at school. I don't know what you are trying to say here.
    Am I true right or false wrong? dear
    Thank you.
    Note my corrections above, marked in red. Remember to end every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: contrary to fact

    Aren't the different types of conditionals considered proper nouns and therefore should be capitalized?
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    Re: contrary to fact

    They are not proper nouns.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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