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A '''real general condition-general consequence conditional''' is a type of [[real conditional]] found in [[English]].
 
A '''real general condition-general consequence conditional''' is a type of [[real conditional]] found in [[English]].
  
In this case, the condition is a [[general truth]] that is unknown, and the [[consequence]] is also a general truth, in the general form:
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In this case, the condition is a [[general truth]] that is possible but presently unknown, and the [[consequence]] is also a general truth, in either of the following 2 general forms:
  
* "If X true, then Y is true."
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* "If X true, then Y is true." (and therefore "if X is false, Y is false".)
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* "If X true, then Y is false."  (and therefore "if X is false, Y is true".)
  
 
For example:
 
For example:
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* Is the condition in the past, present, future or general time?  General time.
 
* Is the condition in the past, present, future or general time?  General time.
 
* Is the consequence in the past, present, future or general time?  General time.
 
* Is the consequence in the past, present, future or general time?  General time.
* Do we know if conjecture A is true or not?  No.
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* Do we know whether conjecture A is true or not?  No.
 
* Can we replace "if" with other words (when, whenever, every time, etc?) no.
 
* Can we replace "if" with other words (when, whenever, every time, etc?) no.
  

Latest revision as of 15:47, 1 August 2020

A real general condition-general consequence conditional is a type of real conditional found in English.

In this case, the condition is a general truth that is possible but presently unknown, and the consequence is also a general truth, in either of the following 2 general forms:

  • "If X true, then Y is true." (and therefore "if X is false, Y is false".)
  • "If X true, then Y is false." (and therefore "if X is false, Y is true".)

For example:

  • "If mathematical conjecture A is true then mathematical conjecture B follows."

CCQs[edit]

  • Is the condition in the past, present, future or general time? General time.
  • Is the consequence in the past, present, future or general time? General time.
  • Do we know whether conjecture A is true or not? No.
  • Can we replace "if" with other words (when, whenever, every time, etc?) no.

This superficially resembles a first conditional without will, or a zero condition.