What constructions should I use to speak hypothetically?
I'm trying to figure out if there is a grammatical pattern to be followed in speaking about a past hypothetical situation.
My teacher has set it up as "假如（circumstances),（subject）就（would have done something）。"
For example, if I wanted to say "If Al Gore had won Presidential election in 2000, then the United States would not have invaded Iraq."
I would say:
假如Al Gore 赢了2000的大选，美国就不会打击伊拉克。
Is this the best way to discuss hypothetical situations that would have taken place in the past? Thanks!
rootSeptember 19, 2012, 03:56 AM
With the addition of the 了 even a plain 如果 looks like it can be used to represent a pure hypothetical, no?
This would be equivalent to "If I were superman, that would be swell", meaning a 100% hypotherical condition, methinks.