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    The Conditional Mood

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to depict with more words the concrete situation (i.e. the combination of all the things that are happening and all the conditions that exist at a particular time in a particular place) at the cases which are reproduced with the following sentences?

    1.But for the rain we should have gone for our walk.
    2.But for the help I should not have put the place to rights in an hour.
    3.But for his carrying the boy we should have reached the camp much later.
    4.But for this examination I should go too.
    5.But for your help I could finish it in time.
    6.But for her help I could'n have finished it in time.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 13-Mar-2009 at 11:01.

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    Re: The Conditional Mood

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    1.But for the rain we should/could have gone for our walk.
    2.But for the help I should not have been able to tidy the place in an hour.
    3.But for his carrying the boy we could have reached the camp much earlier.
    4.But for this examination I should go too.???
    5.But for your help I couldn't have finished it in time.
    6.But for her help I could not have finished it in time.


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    But for= if it hadn't been for.....


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    Re: The Conditional Mood

    Would anybody please explain to me how ever can be used in conditional sentences and whether it can change the meaning off the sentence


    If she ever passes the exam, I will give her a present

    Thanks

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    Re: The Conditional Mood

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed263 View Post

    If she ever passes the exam, I will give her a present

    Thanks
    Hi mohammed, in your sentence it is rather doubtful that she will pass her exam as she has obvioulsy tried so before and failed.

    if she passes...in case she passes..

    if she ever passes.....she has tried 20 times to pass that exam and failed....

    If I go to Arozona I will visit my friend Amigos:) (I might go to Arizona one day)
    if I ever go to Arizona, I will visit my friend amigos. (It is unlikely I will go to Arizona)

    Unfortunately in my case I must admit the second sentence is more likely

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