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    (if) in stories

    As we know , the condition al sentencs can be a real situatio or unreal,
    for exaple : john likes travelling . if he has money he will buy a car. (real situation)
    and,
    John likes travelling. if he had money he would buy a car.(unreal)

    but when I read a story , the writer talks about a character in his novel he always using the past form, saying: John liked travelling. if he had money he would buy a car. thus , one can not distinguis between the real and unreal in narration, could you please explain that to me . and thanks

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    Re: (if) in stories

    Quote Originally Posted by sardar
    As we know , the condition al sentencs can be a real situatio or unreal,
    for exaple : john likes travelling . if he has money he will buy a car. (real situation)
    and,
    John likes travelling. if he had money he would buy a car.(unreal)
    but when I read a story , the writer talks about a character in his novel he always using the past form, saying: John liked travelling. if he had money he would buy a car. thus , one can not distinguis between the real and unreal in narration, could you please explain that to me . and thanks
    Easy to see the confusion. Change the sentence to "when he had money he would buy a car" and you will see that this is not a conditional sentence even though it looks like one. The writer can use if or when to mean the same thing in this situation, which is just to write about the past in a narrative way.

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    Re: (if) in stories

    If the narrative is in the past, then the second conditional may fit the narrative. I'm afraid that in such cases it is hard to distinguish.

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    since tdol say sits hard to distingish ,then i am now confident that my problems with languge indicate that i am confronted with difficulties at a high leve thus iam progresing , thank you all.

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    Re: (if) in stories

    A lot of higher level learning is becoming able to go beyond the earlier rules and see that they are far from universal and don't explain everything.

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