What constructions should I use to speak hypothetically?

September 18, 2012, 10:39 PM posted in General Discussion

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!


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September 19, 2012, 02:58 AM

Yes, I think it's preety good way.  just make sure, you will use ‘了’ to make it past tense.

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September 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?

like here


This would be equivalent to "If I were superman, that would be swell", meaning a 100% hypotherical condition, methinks.

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September 21, 2012, 01:01 PM