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    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    jutfrank:

    First of all, I don't usually think in terms of first or second conditional types, because those are types of form, not meaning.

    But yes, it does seem on the surface as though the speaker is stuck somewhere between real and unreal. I think this is because I would appreciate it if ... is something of a standard expression to make a request. The latter part, with the present tense, shows he/she was thinking of it as a real possibility.

    In terms of form, you could think of it as 'mixed'.
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    To some extent can I apply the reply to my question here? and then:


    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I think that this kind of mixed construction is a little mixed up, but it's natural for native speakers to use, and its meaning is between real (the former part) and unreal (the latter part).
    What do you think?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 26-May-2020 at 14:02.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    Re: If you (present verb), you would ...

    Yes, I think speakers can sometimes get stuck between real and unreal.

    And sometimes they start off by trying to utter a real sentence, but something happens along the way and the sentence ends up unreal. Or vice versa.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 26-May-2020 at 17:51. Reason: Remove a stray apostrophe.

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