Factual Conditionals. Ron Cowan, Ph.D. PP slides: Yuri Vedrashko November 2006. If the gas is heated , it expend s . If she play s bridge with him, they always lose big. If she want s to go skiing, that’ s what they do. If Jim doesn’t find his passport, he may be deported.
Ron Cowan, Ph.D.
PP slides:Yuri Vedrashko
Factual conditionals express a fact and can be
Can be further broken down into
Meaning:a fact that holds for all time, such as a scientific truth
Form:The main verb is in Present tense in both clauses
Meaning:past or present relationships that are usually but not always true.
Form:The main verb is in Present or Past tense in both clauses. It also occurs with <whenever>.
Meaning:If-clause indicates an event that is bounded in time. The result clause refers to an action or event that can be logically inferred from this.
Form:The main verb is in Present tense in both clauses. Modal verbs <may and can> are often used too.
Meaning:An explicit inference is made in the result-clause about some time-bound event, action or fact.
Form:Modal verbs <must, should>, along with <be… probably, likely>, are often used. Also a wider range of tenses can occur in both clauses.
Meaning:Sarcastic statements often take the form of explicit inference conditionals
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