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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.
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A '''real conditional''' is a type of [[conditional]] sentence, based on a [[real condition]] (i.e. a [[condition]] which the speaker/writer expects the [[conditional]] to have a good chance of being true).
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This may be in the past - and unknown to the speaker, it may be an action in the present/future, it may be in the present/future.  It may also be an [[action]] or a [[general truth]].
  
 
Real conditionals are the most complex type of conditionals,
 
Real conditionals are the most complex type of conditionals,

Latest revision as of 15:24, 1 August 2020

A real conditional is a type of conditional sentence, based on a real condition (i.e. a condition which the speaker/writer expects the conditional to have a good chance of being true).

This may be in the past - and unknown to the speaker, it may be an action in the present/future, it may be in the present/future. It may also be an action or a general truth.

Real conditionals are the most complex type of conditionals,

Types of real conditional[edit]

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