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Unreal Conditionals_Help Please



Khadooy
United Arab Emirates

Unreal Conditionals_Help Please
 
Dear teachers,
 
I hope that life is treating you as you like :)
 
I have a lesson about unreal conditional (2nd) and I need some clarification please...
 
What is the difference between using "would" and "could" in the second conditional?
 
For example:
 
If I stopped smoking, I would be healthier.
 
I I stopped smoking, I could be healthier.
 
 
Is it the degree of possibility or other things?
 
 
 
 
Another question. What is the difference between:
 
If I flew a helicopter, I could tour the air,
 
and
 
If I could fly a helicopter, I could tour the air?
 
 
When do we use "could" in the if clause, and then we use ´would ´ and the second clause?
 
 
 
Thanks in advence,
Khdooy
 

19 Mar 2009      



Apodo
Australia

If I stopped smoking, I would be healthier.  WOULD is definite - it will happen.
 
If I stopped smoking, I could be healthier.    COULD is not as definite, but quite possible.
 
 
If I flew a helicopter, I could tour the air. 
 
and
 
If I could fly a helicopter, I could tour the air?
 
 
If I could fly a helicopter I could tour the air.
If I flew a helicopter I could tour the air.
   -- Touring the the air is something that will be possible.
 
If I could fly a helicopter, I would tour the air. 
If I flew a helicopter I would tour the air.
   -- You definitely will tour the air.
 
If I flew  / If I could fly -- both mean the same in this example.
 
 

19 Mar 2009     



Khadooy
United Arab Emirates

Thanks Apodo very much ---I am very appreciated for your help

19 Mar 2009     



douglas
United States

NIce explanation

19 Mar 2009