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Conditionals: A Comprehensive Empirical Analysis by Renaat Declerck

By Renaat Declerck

This ebook is an exceptionally exact and accomplished exam of conditional sentences in English, utilizing many examples from genuine language-use. The syntax and semantics of conditionals (including annoying and temper strategies) and the features of conditionals in discourse are tested extensive, generating an all-round linguistic view of the topic which includes a wealth of unique observations and analyses. not just linguists focusing on grammar but in addition these drawn to pragmatics and the philosophy of language will locate this e-book a profitable and illuminating resource.

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In cases where we have taken more liberty with the original, the example is noted as 'adapted'. Chapter 2 Conditional connecting devices The majority of conditional clauses are introduced by conjunctions or phrases like i f , even if unless, providing / provided (that), on condition that, on the understanding that, as/so long as, in case. g. Had he seen this, he would have been curious). There are also other types of subclause (such as relative clauses or temporal clauses) that may have a conditional connotation.

Where would you have hidden the knife? Just suppose someone had overheard that conversation! (Compare: "What ifsomeone had overheard that conversation! ") {Let's suppose / supposing} we had run into our neighbours. What would we have said to them? 9. Zero-conjunction plus inversion d. e. 27 Let's say that you are right. Where does it lead us? {Assuming / if} John is there too, what will you say to him? The P-clauses here use the same verb forms as we observe in «/-clauses, and they have much the same meaning as /^clauses.

P. 1452) In other words, a subordinate clause is a syntactically dependent clause. Such questions as the scope of negation, focusing, modality, etc. 2 below). The following are all examples involving a subordinate P-clause: (61) a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. If this is the famous London Bridge, it doesn't come up to my expectations. If he is there, send him away. I told her if he was there to send him away. I told her to send him away if he was there. I'm always a little sad if my husband is abroad on business.

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