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A Logical Approach to English Hypothetical Constructions
A Logical Approach to English Hypothetical Constructions

Author(s): Attila Imre
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: English Hypothetical Constructions
Summary/Abstract: The present paper deals with English hypothetical constructions starting from a non-native perspective, highlighting Hungarian suffixes that may lead to hypotheticals in translation. As results show, the understanding and correct use of English hypotheticals is below expectations among non-native speakers (intermediate to advanced level), and we would like to offer a more logical approach to them by applying the description of Michael Lewis on English verbs and the concept of remoteness. We tend to think that reconsidering English verb forms and functions is necessary, which leads to the close relationship between verbs, tenses, conditional structures, hypothetical constructions, and modal verbs. The conclusion focuses on the importance of hypotheticals in present-day English, offering samples from authentic multimedia sources.

  • Page Range: 241-261
  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English