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    Unusual mixed conditional

    I read about mixed conditionals very much but I haven't found an analogous case to what I want to express.
    The situation looks as follows:

    1. Someone was supposed to pass a note to a female co-worker and we do not know if he did it.
    2. If she got the letter, she is sure to appear at the meeting.

    Now, I want to put it into a conditional sentence

    If she had received the note yestarday, she will be at today's meeting.

    Does it sound good? I've never seen a sentence like this.

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    Re: Unusual mixed conditional

    Before the meeting: If she got the note yesterday, she will be at today's meeting. Will expresses certainty about the future.

    At the time of the meeting (at which the speaker is not present): If she got the note yesterday, she will be at the meeting. Will expresses certainty about the present.

    At the time of the meeting (at which the speaker is present):If she had got the note yesterday, she would be here/she would have been here.
    Last edited by teechar; 31-Dec-2016 at 18:20. Reason: fixed up some typos

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    Re: Unusual mixed conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    2. If she got the letter, she is sure to appear at the meeting.
    I agree with all of Piscean's suggestions, but this sentence sounds OK to me too.

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    Re: Unusual mixed conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    1. Someone was supposed to pass a note to a female co-worker and we do not know if he did it.
    I think the third conditional clause below suggests that we do know he did not do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    If she had received the note yestarday, she will be at today's meeting.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Unusual mixed conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the third conditional clause below suggests that we do know he did not do it.
    ChessEnthusiast's sentence does not work.

    Incidentally, there is no such thing as a 'third conditional clause'. You have there a counterfactual (irrealis) if-clause. The labels first, second, third, zero and mixed conditionals refer to the whole sentence.

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