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    #1

    Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    1) No-one will buy it unless we reduce its price.
    2) Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.



    What's the difference?

    Why does the author use passive voice in the second sentence, but not the first one?


    And here's another one:

    She'd have got the same service even if she'd paid more.


    I've tried to understand the sentence above like this:
    She had paid more money. But She didn't get the same service enjoyed by others.


    Am I right?
    Last edited by lagoo; 14-Mar-2017 at 09:07.

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    #2

    Re: Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    There's no passive voice here. These are conditional sentences. 1) is a first conditional and 2) is a second conditional.

    Your third sentence is a third conditional. The speaker is saying that the service is the same regardless of how much you pay.

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    Re: Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    There's no passive voice here. These are conditional sentences. 1) is a first conditional and 2) is a second conditional.

    Your third sentence is a third conditional. The speaker is saying that the service is the same regardless of how much you pay.
    Thanks.


    I have assimilated what I had learnt about the first and second conditional after spending 2 hour reading.


    Regarding the third sentence I gave above, has she paid or not? If the sentence is a third conditional, that means actually she didn't paid more.

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    Re: Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    Regarding the third sentence I gave above, has she paid or not? If the sentence is a third conditional, that means actually she didn't paid more.
    Yes, she has paid. The point is that she didn't pay more (than what she paid.)

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    #5

    Re: Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    There's no passive voice here.
    "Unless its price were reduced, ..."

    You must have missed that.

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    #6

    Re: Unless its price were reduced, no-one would buy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "Unless its price were reduced, ..."

    You must have missed that.
    Oops, sorry. The answer to the original question...

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    Why does the author use passive voice in the second sentence, but not the first one?
    is...I don't know why. You'd have to ask the author.

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