# Imaginative Conditionals Ron Cowan, Ph.D. PP slides: Yuri Vedrashko November 2006.

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Imaginative Conditionals Ron Cowan, Ph.D. PP slides: Yuri Vedrashko November 2006

1.If I were you, I would help her. 2.If I didn’t know him, I would believe you. 3.If you had some sugar, I would make some good coffee for you. 4.If you invested more, you’d get more out of it in a month. 5.If you had invested more last month, you would have gotten more out of it. 6.If I had been smarter back then, I wouldn’t have done those foolish things. 7.If they had seen me yesterday, I would have been killed by now. 8.I would have helped her, if I had been there.

Imaginative conditionals A.Hypothetical

Imaginative conditionals / hypothetical 1.If I were you, I would help her. 2.If I didn’t know him, I might believe you. 3.If you had some sugar, I would make some good coffee for you. 4.If you invested more, you’d get more out of it in a month. 5.If Mozart were alive today, he could be composing for the movies. Meaning: The if-clause indicates an event that is unlikely but nevertheless possible or present states which don’t exist. The result clause refers to a possible outcome of the possibility in the if-clause. Form: The main verb in the result clause is formed with would/could/might + infinitive (without to). The main verb in the if-clause is in the Past simple tense

Imaginative conditionals A.Hypothetical B.Counterfactual

Imaginative conditionals / counterfactual 1.If you had invested more last month, you would have gotten more out of it. 2.If I had been smarter back then, I wouldn’t have done those foolish things. 3.If they had seen me yesterday, I would have been killed by now. 4.I would have helped her, if I had been there. Meaning: The two clauses express an event or state which didn’t happen in the past Form: would + Present Perfect in the result clauses; Past Perfect in the if clause