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# Past conditional tense usages

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24 Aug 2013, 03:21
Has anyone got any ideas or pointers to materials on how to use past conditional tenses such as:

Past progressive conditional: eg. She might be studying

Past perfect conditional: eg. She might have studied

Past perfect progressive conditional: eg. She might have been studying

Most books/materials talk only so far as present conditional (perfect, progressive, perfect progressive) and may be past conditional but not beyond that.

Appreciate it
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27 Aug 2013, 20:46
No takers?

Does anyone know about some good material on how to use conditionals? This topic is confusing the hell out of me - when does one use will, would, might, etc!
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Does anyone know about some good material on how to use conditionals? This topic is confusing the hell out of me - when does one use will, would, might, etc!

I'm happy to help.

First of all, understand that the distinction between "may" and "might" is so arcane that the GMAT will never test it. I guarantee you will not have to know that distinction on any GMAT problem. Similarly, I guarantee you will not have to know perfect forms of the conditional. It's simply not on the test. Period.

The whole topic of conditionals is somewhat rare, but it could show up on Sentence Correction in simpler tenses. At Magoosh, among our video lessons, in the Verb Form section, we have a lesson explaining all about conditionals. If you really want a thorough treatment to every grammatical structure you do have to know for GMAT SC, I would recommend checking out Magoosh.

Here, for free, is another lesson on another topic, just to give you a sense of them:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/914-the ... rb-mistake

I hope this helps,
Mike
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04 Sep 2013, 22:33
Hi Mike, thank you very much for your reply. My whole question about how one can use various forms of conditionals stems from an explanation to a GMATPrep SC given by a popular prep company. The SC question is below. In order to eliminate (incorrect) answer choice (C) through one of the many errors, the prep company says that usage of "would" is incorrect as the rest of the sentence that follows - as the message is forwarded..- is in present tense. In that case, what I do not understand is how the usage of "might" in the correct answer choice (D) is correct. Could you kindly clarify in light of this question when one could use "would" and "might"?

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