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    2nd conditonal or subjunctive is it the same?

    Is 'if I were to climb'? a second conditional..etc.. If I climb, If I climbed, If I had climbed.. but 'if I were to climb'???


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    Re: 2nd conditonal or subjunctive is it the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by jandawn View Post
    Is 'if I were to climb'? a second conditional..etc.. If I climb, If I climbed, If I had climbed.. but 'if I were to climb'???
    It's a conditional phrase in the subjunctive mood, expressing an idea that the speaker/writer believes to be improbable or untrue. For example:

    "I have no intention of climbing Mt. Everest, but if I WERE to climb it I should surely die."


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    Re: 2nd conditonal or subjunctive is it the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by jandawn View Post
    so, can i use it in all conditonals??
    If I were to climb it I will surely die
    If I were to climb it I would surely die
    If I were to have climbed it I would have died.
    Thank you
    The last two are correct, but the first is not. The subjunctive mood requires a conditional verb (one conjugated with 'would' or 'should').

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