The Second Conditional

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Tdol

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One is a second conditional; what about the other?
 
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If I knew what a second conditional was, I'd be glad to give an opinion. But, alas, I don't; therefore, I'll look it up, and come back with an answer later.
 

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I think the first example is a mixed conditional - I've been reading the glossary. And the other - using my gigantic powers of deduction - must be the second conditional.

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After exhausting the UsingEnglish.com glossary, I have come to the conclusion that the second one is the second codtional. I have also come to the very astute conclusion that, because I'm still not absolutely sure what a conditional is, I have no idea what the first one would be classified as.
 

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The first is a mixed conditional- part second, part third. ;-)
 

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It starts in the second, because if I said 'If I had been you', it would allow the possibility that I could be you, which is the real headblower. ;-)
 

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What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading 'The Ice' a history of Antarctica. ;-)
 
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I'm reading A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving. It's a book I have to read (summer assignment) for AP English. I've read four hunred pages of it (200 to go, thank god), and it's been really boring. I probably should've been done with it in June when it was assigned, but, oh well. I'm a big procrastinator.

BTW, Dave Barry is a journalist. He's written volumes (I think four or five) that contain the accumulation of his articles from past years. He's a satirical writer; much like my essay I Blame Bill Gates, only much better. I'm still honing my skills. :)
 

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I think it is illogical to say ' If I had been you... ' even though it fits the 3rd the conditional case.
 

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whl626 said:
I think it is illogical to say ' If I had been you... ' even though it fits the 3rd the conditional case.

I agree- it's illogical. It's OK to say @if I'd been in your shoes\position', etc, though. ;-)
 
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