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    First Conditional in the Past

    I would like to know if the following sentence is correct:

    "While waiting for John, he suddenly realized that she won't accept the gift if there are no $k$ consecutive candies of the same type."

    In particular, is it OK to use the first conditional when describing something in the past? If not, what is the correct way?

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    #2

    Re: First Conditional in the Past

    What are $k$ consecutive candies?

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    Re: First Conditional in the Past

    Well, it's a "story" to a math problem statement, don't focus on that. Basically it means that some objects are placed in a row (in this case candies), and we have a condition that there should be at least k (a variable) consecutive objects of the same type.

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    Re: First Conditional in the Past

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1165294
    Having read the above, I think backshift can be used: use 'wouldn't' and 'were' instead of 'won't' and 'are' respectively.
    I am not a teacher.

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