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The Imperfect Subjunctive & The Conditional Mood

A very common sentence construction in the Italian language is the two-clause Hypothetical Phrase, which--as the name suggests--is used to express a hypothetical event. Both the imperfect subjunctive and the present conditional work together to form this phrase in Italian. Though, at first, forming a hypothetical phrase may seem just a tad bit tricky, we will provide you with tips and tricks that will make this endeavor quite feasible!

Firstly, the “If-clause” is key to forming a complete hypothetical sentence. It is important to remember that the verb that is in the same clause as “if” (“se”) is the verb that should be in the imperfect subjunctive tense:

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