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Hello guys

I have one question long about ' I could have danced all night' in 'My Fair Lady'.

It has a passage of "I only know when he began to dance with me, I could have danced all night." Is that a third-condition?

If so, I think the conditional clause should be "he had begun to dance..."

Please give me your input.

Thank you in advance.
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The conditional structures require "if". The word here is "when", not "if", so this is not any of the conditionals.
A third conditional structure along the lines of the quoted material would be one of the following:

If he had begun to dance with me, I would have danced all night.
I [could have / would have] danced all night if he had been willing.
If I had known that he was going to dance with me, I would have worn a better gown.
If he had danced with me, I probably would have stepped on his toes.

CJ
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JapanHello guys

I have one question long about ' I could have danced all night' in 'My Fair Lady'.

It has a passage of "I only know when he began to dance with me, I could have danced all night." Is that a third-condition?

If so, I think the conditional clause should be "he had begun to dance..."

Please give me your input.

Thank you in advance.

English is full of unspoken "if" conditionals but that doesn't mean that they aren't there. It doesn't matter what the collocation is, there could be any number of conditionals in the speaker's mind. This situation lends itself well to being a mixed conditional.

I could have dance all night, if he had been willing/if he hadn't dropped dead/if he wasn't married/if he knew how to dance/if he had bothered to ask me again/if he hadn't been my brother [he took off his mask]/if he hadn't been so drunk/ if he hadn't stepped on my toe and broken it/if he weren't a repuglican/ if ...
Dear friends,

I do not believe it is a conditional statement. It is the projection of an imaginary world.

It is possible to precede or follow any statement with an unspoken if:

«The sky is blue [if my eyes do not deceive me].»

It is not therefore the case that any statement is preceded or followed by an «unspoken if». Emotion: smile

Kindest regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
Guys

Thanks to your many replies.

My understanding is that the lady danced with him actually but it was over soon. And she was regretting it.
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