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could someone explain to me what false conditional is? I've found an example of it: "If you need to call, my phone number is...". How false conditional is different from a real conditional?

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"If you need to call, my phone number is..."

It's a true statement. But my phone number is ... even if you don't need to call it. Whether or not you need to call it, my phone number remains the same. In that sense, my number is not conditional on "If you need to call it"—that is a false condition.

That's the grammarian's answer to this question. A mathematician's answer will be different, but this is EnglishForums.com.

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False conditional is a less used term for counterfactual.
The past perfect is used in counterfactuals.

If I had seen him, I would have told you.

This implies that I did not see him.

Sorry, but your example is not an example of a conterfactual (false conditional). Emotion: sad

CJ
A false conditional has a true antecedent and a false consequent.

EG

True: If a person is 14 years old, then the person is a teenager.

False: If a person is 14 years old, then the person is a freshman.
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Which is the false conditional here?

If you are Magda, then you must be a woman.

If you are Magda, then you must be black.

Four permeatations are possible with conditional statements:

IF True Then True: TRUE
IF True Then False: FALSE
IF False Then True: TRUE
IF False Then False: TRUE
CalifJimFalse conditional is a less used term for counterfactual.
The past perfect is used in counterfactuals.

If I had seen him, I would have told you.

Are counterfactuals and false conditionals really the same thing?

A counterfactual conditional, or subjunctive conditional, is a conditional (or "if-then") statement indicating what would be the case if its antecedent were true.

A false conditional has a true antecedent and a false consequent.
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