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Dear all,

I would like to know the following sentences come under which category of sentences. Do they belong to "hypothetical" sentences or "second conditional" sentences? Are they in the present tense or in the future tense? Especially, I am unsure about which category the first part of the following sentences belongs to.

1) I would give you my car but it is not with me.

2) I would tell her but I don't meet her these days.

3) I would come but I don't have a vehicle.


Thank you.

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cat navy 425Do they belong to "hypothetical" sentences or "second conditional" sentences?

No. There are no hypotheses or conditions in those sentences — nothing explicit of that kind, anyway.

They are implicitly conditional sentences, however:

I would give you my car if it were with me.
I would tell her if I met her.
I would come if I had a vehicle.

cat navy 425Are they in the present tense or in the future tense?

Present. it is not with me; I don't meet her; I don't have
The corresponding clauses with 'would' are in a modal tense (not really present or future). They might be said to be in an imagined future, but that's the implicit time of the imagined action (giving the car, telling her, coming), and it's not a grammatical tense.

CJ

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CJ Sir, thanks a lot for this clear explanation.