# Difference between revisions of "Real conditional"

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== Types of real conditional == | == Types of real conditional == | ||

− | If the condition is in [[present time]] | + | If the condition is in [[present time]] or [[future time]], then the probability has to be p ≳ 0.5; however, for [[past time]], the likelihood has to be p>0. If the present/future time condition's probability is ≲ 0.5, or the condition's past likelihood is known to be 0, then the condition is an [[unreal conditional]]. |

+ | The archetypal example of a real conditional is the [[first conditional]], such as "If you don't water those plants, they will die". | ||

− | + | Other types, include a real past time condition with present consequence | |

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[[category:conditionals]] | [[category:conditionals]] | ||

[[category:real conditionals| ]] | [[category:real conditionals| ]] | ||

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## Revision as of 09:51, 31 July 2020

A **real conditional** is a type of conditional sentence, where the speaker/writer expects the conditional clause to has a good chance of being true. This may be in the past - and unknown to the speaker, or it may be in the present/future.

Real conditionals are the most complex type of conditionals,

## Types of real conditional

If the condition is in present time or future time, then the probability has to be p ≳ 0.5; however, for past time, the likelihood has to be p>0. If the present/future time condition's probability is ≲ 0.5, or the condition's past likelihood is known to be 0, then the condition is an unreal conditional.

The archetypal example of a real conditional is the first conditional, such as "If you don't water those plants, they will die".

Other types, include a real past time condition with present consequence