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    #1

    what I imagined would be her meaning

    This is the story of a writer who had a Chinese mother whose English wasn't perfect. Is the lined a factual conditional that describes what happened in the past or a counterfactual conditional meaning present?
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    The reader I decided upon as a model was my mother.

    With her in mind, I began to write stories / using all the “Englishes” I grew up with:
    the simple English I spoke to my mother, the “broken” English she used with me, and what I imagined would be her meaning if she could speak in perfect English.I wanted to reveal what language ability tests could never find out: her observations and insights.I knew I had succeeded when my mother finished reading my book and said, “So easy to read.”

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    Re: what I imagined would be her meaning

    If you wrote the words, then you know the answer.

    If you didn't write them, then please tell us where you found them

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    Re: what I imagined would be her meaning

    This is just from a high school textbook, so I can't find its source. I still don't get what conditional it is.

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    Re: what I imagined would be her meaning

    The name and author of the high school textbook is​ the source. Please tell us that information.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: what I imagined would be her meaning

    Not a teacher
    I can guess that it is "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan. She describes the imperfect English that her mother used when Tan was growing up.

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