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2014-01-17 - Kitely session - Conditional examples

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,489 mod
edited January 2014 in Conditionals
We discussed the conditionals again today.

@Sara @Hermine @Science24

(Sorry you couldn't log in Fernando.)

As promised here are the corrected examples you all came up with:-

Sara's example:-

I would not be able to take notes on a notepad, if notepads hadn't been invented.

If notepads hadn't been invented, Sarah would not be able to take notes on a notepad,

If notepads hadn't been invented, you could write your notepads on the fridge Sara.

Would you write your notes on the fridge, if notepads hadn't been invented?

If notepads hadn't been invented, I would write notes on leaves, because I can't carry my fridge around.

Hermine's examples:-

If North Korea voted for peace, the whole world would breathe more easily.

If the people of North Korea voted for peace, the whole world would breathe more easily.

If North Korea votes for peace, the whole world will breathe more easily.

Science's examples:-

If I drink coffee, I am unable to sleep at night.

If you want to sleep easily, drink a glass of wine.

If Science is clever, he will drink hot milk with honey, instead of coffee.

If Science were clever, he would drink hot milk with honey, instead of coffee.

If Science wanted to be clever, he would drink a mug of hot milk with honey.

If Science wants to sleep well, he should eat his dinner earlier.

My example:-

If Science hadn't written chemistry, I would have been surprised.

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General examples:-

If I had wanted to marry him, I would have accepted his proposal.

If you want to sleep well, drink a glass of wine.

If you want to understand conditional sentences, you have to practise more.

If I want to understand conditional sentences, I have to practise them more.

If I wanted to understand conditional sentences, I would practise them more.

If you want people to understand you, you need to write concise and precise sentences.

If I had wanted to understand conditional sentences, I would have practised them more.

If you want people to understand you, you need to keep it simple.


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  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    I felt comfortable reading all but this one:
    "If I had wanted to understand conditional sentences, I would have practised them more."
    What happens if I take "had" out? Can I take "had" out?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    No.

    "If I wanted to understand conditional sentences, I would practise them more."

    "If I want to understand conditional sentences, I will practise them more."

    "I want to understand conditional sentences, so I will practise them more."

  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    So I have to take both "haves" out, right? I think I can memorize that, but I'd like to understand why... :-? ... though I'm not really sure if I can really do that in my language (the sturcture of these conditionals in spanish is very identical)
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