Евгений (Eugene)
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"I would like" in a conditional construction. "I would like to buy this hat." Can I transform this sentence into an imaginary statement/offer this way? - Would you like to buy this hat? - If you gave me a 10% discount, I would have liked to buy this hat! - Alright! deal! Is this correct? "If he had given me a 10% discount, I would have liked to buy this hat. But he didn't change the price." Thanks a lot!
Oct 30, 2017 3:50 PM
Answers · 9
"would like" isn't a conditional construction by itself, it's a more polite version of "want". if you need 2nd conditional in your dialogue, then don't use would + perfect infinitive, it makes the conditional mixed, it should be "- If you gave me a 10% discount, I would buy this hat!" And your last example is 3rd conditional, you should use "like" there too: ""If he had given me a 10% discount, I would have bough this hat. But he didn't change the price."
October 30, 2017
Thank you, sir! "If you gave me a 10% discount, I would have liked to buy this hat!" does this sentence sound strange? How would you formulate it?
October 30, 2017
For the last part, "If he had given me a 10% discount, I woukd have bought the hat" 3rd cond. Woukd like to buy it is not really one of the conditionals.
October 30, 2017
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