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    Cool Conditionals

    Dear Teachers,
    Could someone explain to me as to when one should use real & unreal situation e.g. "if you go to any of the malls in xxx now, you would see that most of the patrons are foreigners and that shows blah...blah..."
    I couldn't find this type of mixture in any of the on-line english language websites.
    Thank you.
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    Jeeva

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    Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Dear Teachers,
    Could someone explain to me as to when one should use real & unreal situation e.g. "if you go to any of the malls in xxx now, you would see that most of the patrons are foreigners and that shows blah...blah..."
    I couldn't find this type of mixture in any of the on-line english language websites.
    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Jeeva
    Your sentence is a mixed conditional, but it isn't one I would accept. I prefer "go...will" or "went...would" to avoid mixing real and unreal.

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    Re: Conditionals

    I would say:
    If you go to any of the malls in ---- you will see that most of the patrons are foreigners.
    What do you think?

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    Re: Conditionals

    Hi,

    Everybody...I'm Jeeva, maybe the example that I gave earlier doesn't convey the right message, but I've seen this type mixture.

    I wonder if it's okay to mix real & unreal situation?

    Please comment...thank you.

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    Re: Conditionals

    Generally speaking, no, but there are a few very mixed conditional forms:
    If he is such a good driver, he shouldn't have crashed like that.


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    Re: Conditionals

    Hi,

    Here's another doubt I've regarding conditionals (unreal #2):

    "If you picked-up any operational management book, you would see that these companies are used as a model"

    Is it correct to use present tense (i.e., is used) or should I use past/past perfect, if I'm talking about something that is still true?

    Please comment, thank you.

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    Re: Conditionals

    Not in your example- it would be either past/would or present/will, depending on the likelihood of their picking up the book. The more likely they are to pick it up, the more we would use the present/will.


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    Re: Conditionals

    Hi,

    If less likely then it should sound:

    "If you picked-up any operational management book, you would see these companies were (instead of are) used as model"

    Is that right?

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    Re: Conditionals

    The 'you would see' is the unlikely part, but the contents of the book are real, so it's fine to use the present there. I don't think using the past makes the picking-up any less likely, though it's fine. The likelihood of this sentence is dependent on the if clause, so you could change that to make it less likely:

    If you were (by any chance) to pick up...
    Were you (by any chance) to pick up...

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