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Autor:  Tiago T.
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Data:  20/DEZ/2006 2:57 PM
Assunto:  Third conditional no problem
 
Mensagem: 

M Rob,

I understand what you say and I agree with most of it. I realize that grammar is always an artificial attempt to classify language, which is a natural phenomenon. Therefore, grammar is oftentimes imprecise and incomplete if compared to the vast possibilities that can be created by a native speaker of the language. I also agree that the three classical types of conditional statements are an artificial limitation that has a sole purpose: making learning and teaching language easier.

However, I don't really understand how a sentence like “If I were in Brazil, I wouldn't have done that” can be considered correct. In this case, grammar is not the only limiting factor; the sentence also contradicts logic. I have a really hard time understanding how a present cause can have a consequence in the past. Am I the only one who finds that illogical? Are you saying that a native speaker may use that sentence when he wants to imply a present unreal condition or that this logic paradox may be acceptable in certain contexts? Actually, I can’t think of any situation where I’d use a sentence in which a present condition leads to a past consequence. Am I missing something? I’d really appreciate further clarification on this matter.

 

Thanks,

Tiago


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Third conditional problem  –  MAURICIO  17/DEZ/2006, 9:12 PM
Third conditional problem  –  Tiago T.  18/DEZ/2006, 1:58 PM
Third conditional problem  –  Tiago T.  18/DEZ/2006, 5:29 PM
Third conditional problem  –  pat  19/DEZ/2006, 10:39 AM
Third conditional no problem  –  E. Sperto  19/DEZ/2006, 6:17 PM
Third conditional no problem  –  Tiago T.  20/DEZ/2006, 12:17 AM
Third conditional no problem  –  M Rob  20/DEZ/2006, 2:50 AM
Third conditional no problem  –  pat  20/DEZ/2006, 10:23 AM
 Third conditional no problem  –  Tiago T.  20/DEZ/2006, 2:57 PM
Third conditional no problem  –  Josi  20/DEZ/2006, 3:59 PM
Third conditional no problem  –  Johannes  20/DEZ/2006, 8:28 PM
Third conditional no problem  –  pat  20/DEZ/2006, 9:49 PM
Third conditional no problem  –  M Rob  20/DEZ/2006, 10:50 PM

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