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    2. (A) (B) (C) a lion, he would be frightened.
    (A) If he sees
    (B) If he had seen
    (C) Unless he see
    (D) Were he to see

    Since you think (B) is right, why not (D)? Please.


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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    2. (A) (B) (C) a lion, he would be frightened.
    (A) If he sees
    (B) If he had seen
    (C) Unless he see
    (D) Were he to see

    Since you think (B) is right, why not (D)? Please.
    Hi Puzzle. You must have been puzzled by my answer.

    Here's what I wrote in that thread in an edit.

    +++++++++++++++
    I stated that (A) (B) (C) would work. That was a typo of the mind. (C) is NOT a possibility.

    (A) (B) (D) a lion, he would be frightened.

    +++++++++++++++

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    Re: To:riverkid

    Unless he sees a lion, he would be frightened.

    I think the sentence is not absolutly incorrect. Could you explain why it is wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Hi Puzzle. You must have been puzzled by my answer.

    Here's what I wrote in that thread in an edit.

    +++++++++++++++
    I stated that (A) (B) (C) would work. That was a typo of the mind. (C) is NOT a possibility.

    (A) (B) (D) a lion, he would be frightened.

    +++++++++++++++
    Dear riverkid,
    This is an improbable or imaginary conditional.If not ,the sentences will be,
    If he sees,he will be frightened.Or, If he had seen a lion, he would have been frightened.
    Both the choices are not there.
    The third is ruled out.

    The correct answer is
    Were he to see a lion,he would be frightened.
    Conditionals of this type are used when we don't expect it to happen or which is purely imaginary.
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    Last edited by rj1948; 10-Jun-2008 at 04:19.

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    Re: To:riverkid

    Unless he sees a lion, he would be frightened.

    If I change "would" to "will", the sentence is fine?

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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Unless he sees a lion, he would be frightened.

    If I change "would" to "will", the sentence is fine?
    He will not be be frightened.
    Regards,
    rj1948.


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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    2. (A) (B) (C) a lion, he would be frightened.
    (A) If he sees
    (B) If he had seen
    (C) Unless he see
    (D) Were he to see

    Since you think (B) is right, why not (D)? Please.
    (B) If he had seen a lion (even once), he would be frightened (if he met it).
    It's a mixed conditional sentence. The unreal condition refers to the past, and the unreal consequence from it - to the present/future.


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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Unless he sees a lion, he would be frightened.

    I think the sentence is not absolutly incorrect. Could you explain why it is wrong?
    The original had no 's' on 'sees', so I didn't consider it as any kind of possibility, Puzzle.

    Your new one,

    "Unless he sees a lion, he would be frightened."

    is grammatical, the word order is fine, and I suppose that a context could be thought up wherein it works. Here goes nuttin'.

    He is afraid of hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards but he's not afraid of lions so, unless he sees [just] a lion, he would be frightened.

    More than a bit odd.


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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Dear riverkid,
    This is an improbable or imaginary conditional.If not ,the sentences will be,
    If he sees,he will be frightened.Or, If he had seen a lion, he would have been frightened.
    Both the choices are not there.
    The third is ruled out.

    Hello RJ. As Clark has noted there are mixed conditionals. 'imaginary/unreal/impossible' is at one end of the scale. As we move more towards reality we get to a point where improbability reaches a tipping point and this is where mixed conditionals operate.

    Go further towards reality and we can change from a "If I find out" to a "When I find out" and there is very little difference between them. We even have in English, "If and when I find out, ...".


    The correct answer is
    Were he to see a lion,he would be frightened.
    Conditionals of this type are used when we don't expect it to happen or which is purely imaginary.
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    But life is full of infinite possibilities, RJ so every scenario can/could become more or less real depending on the situation, even if it's only in a play or a movie.

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    Re: To:riverkid

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    He is afraid of hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards but he's not afraid of lions so, unless he sees [just] a lion, he would be frightened.

    More than a bit odd.

    It's strange indeed....but it works in the context!

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