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Grammar: If conditionals

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Grammar: If conditionals [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2007, 21:02
May we use if and will in the same sentence? I know that would is ideal in the sentence below.
What about possibly?

If I were rich, I will buy you a car.
If I were rich, I would possibly buy you a new car.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2007, 04:52
This is the use of the subjunctive 'would' and possibly in the second case is redundant.
If I were indicates a condition contrary to fact...hence the use of subjunctive.
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Re: Grammar: If conditionals [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2007, 05:25
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May we use if and will in the same sentence? I know that would is ideal in the sentence below.
What about possibly?

If I were rich, I will buy you a car.
If I were rich, I would possibly buy you a new car.


To me, both are wrong as explained above.
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thanks. just wanted to make sure.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2007, 11:03
I guess my examples were shoddy because both were subjunctive mood and as such could not have will in it.

However, if and will can be in the same sentence.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=49445

If additional deposits of oil are found, the amount that can be used as fuel will increase and the price of oil will drop.
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Re: Grammar: If conditionals [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2007, 11:15
bmwhype2 wrote:
May we use if and will in the same sentence? I know that would is ideal in the sentence below.
What about possibly?

If I were rich, I will buy you a car.
If I were rich, I would possibly buy you a new car.


present simple goes well with future simple...

If she passes her tests, she will graduate.
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