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Several people pass and look at the bird, but no one touches it. If a cat sees the bird, the cat will kill it.

What if I want to make the possibility of the cat seeing the birl unlikely? Cna I change the if clause tense to past (subjunctive)?

Several people passed and looked at the bird, but no one touched it. If a cat saw the bird, the cat would kill it.

What if I want to make the possibility of the cat seeing the bird likely? Can I change the if clause tense to present?

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English 1b3Several people pass and look at the bird, but no one touches it. If a cat sees the bird, the cat will kill it.

What if I want to make the possibility of the cat seeing the birl unlikely? Cna I change the if clause tense to past (subjunctive)?
No. Not unless you also change will to would.
English 1b3Several people passed and looked at the bird, but no one touched it. If a cat saw the bird, the cat would kill it.

What if I want to make the possibility of the cat seeing the bird likely? Can I change the if clause tense to present?
No. Not unless you also change would to will.

It's extremely rare to 'mix and match' as you are proposing. I can't think of a situation where it works successfully.

CJ
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Thanks.

What is rare/wrong about the changes I proposed? Isn't it just changing the likelihood?

If a cat saw the bird, the cat would kill it. for paragraph in the present

If a cat sees the bird, the cat will kill it- for the paragraph in past tense