CONDITIONAL CLAUSES

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CONDITIONAL CLAUSES

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12 May 2006, 17:17 #1

Could anyone shed some lighting on the following questions I have.
Is is incorrect to say, "if I was a man, I would play hockey instead of, if I were a man"? I have done some research on this subject and opinion seems to be divided. I personally feel "If I was a man" seems more logical, eventhough most people say "if I were a man" is more grammatical. "I were" doesn't appear in anywhere in English except in this conditional clause.
Is "if I didn't come to Canada, I wouldn't have learnt English", correct or must one use "if I hadn't come to Canada, I wouldn't have learnt English?
I appreciate any help,
Karl
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diana
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Joined: 26 Jul 2004, 20:35

12 May 2006, 20:08 #2

Hello Karl,
Hope the following helps you understand the conditional.
The verb in a conditional clause takes on different forms or moods, depending on the speaker's attitude or intention toward what is being said.
When the clause states a condition that is contrary to fact, the verb is in the subjunctive mood (If I were you...).
When the clause states a condition that may be true, the verb is in the indicative mood (If I was late...).
Diana
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jonny111
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Joined: 01 Mar 2013, 20:00

01 Mar 2013, 20:06 #3

very good i like this topic!
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