Modal verbs in conditional sentences, Mixed conditionals, Polite expressions

Modal verbs in conditional sentences

Modal verbs can, could, might etc. can be used in all types of conditional sentences.

– I might send him an email if I can find his address.
If she had someone to look after the children, she could go out to work.
If they had told us about the danger, we might never have gone there.

Mixed conditionals

It is possible to have sentences that mix conditionals:

1. An if clause referring to the past with a main clause referring to the present or future.

If I had invested in that company ten years ago, I would be rich now.
If we hadn’t been given all that homework, we could go swimming.

2. An if clause referring to the present or future with a main clause reffering to the past.

If you don’t like sweet things, you shouldn’t have ordered that dessert.
If you‘ve got an exam tommorow, you ought to have started revising by now.

Modal verbs in conditional sentences, Mixed conditionals, Polite expressions

Polite expressions

1. would can be used after if in polite expressions.

If you wouldn’t mind waiting here, I’ll find someone to look after you.

2. If + should is common in formal letters.

If you should require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For even greater formality, if can be omitted, and should can begin the sentence.

Should you wish to contact me, I can be reached at the above adress.


Modal verbs in conditional sentences, Mixed conditionals, Polite expressions publicat: 2017-10-06T11:56:35+00:00, actualizat: 2017-10-06T11:56:35+00:00 by Colegiu.info