Lenka: 1) Sue has applied for the job but she isn't very well qualified for the it. I'll be surprised if she gets it.
2) I think Jill will get the job. I'll be very surprised if she doesn't get it.
I don't understand why the first conditional was used! I'd rather say "I would be surprised if she got the job." (in the first sentence; in the second similarly)
Why is the first conditional used here? If the speaker is feeling it's almost impossible for the other person (ad 1) to get the job, (ad 2) not to get the job, why is he using the first (and not the second) conditional?
Hi Lenka. There isn't a magical cut-off point between what's called the first and second conditional. It's more a sliding scale. Two people can have different feelings of doubt so to describe the same situation, one could choose 'will' and another 'would'.
By using 'will' instead of 'would', the speaker is expressing less doubt, greater assurance with respect to their feelings. Using 'would' just shows the speaker is less sure of what they're saying.
Even when a person is 100% sure of something, they might use the more doubtful conditional for other reasons.
Jane: If I weeent to the pary, weeell, I'd wear my blue dress.
Brian: There's no way on god's green earth that she'll miss that party. She's just trying to squeeze her boyfriend.
Is it also possible to use the second conditional in the sentences?
Absolutely, as described above.
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