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Consistency of Tense with the Subjunctive: Conditional Past and Present

Now that we have investigated the various situations in which one must use the conditional tense, we can take a closer look into the conditional’s relationship with the subjunctive mood in Italian. We have briefly touched upon constructions that warrant the use of both the conditional and the subjunctive, such as If-Clauses; for the next few lessons, we will elaborate on precisely when the aforementioned moods coexist in a sentence.

As we know, when the independent clause of a sentence bears a subjunctive trigger, such as pensare, sperare, preferire, suggerire, etc., the verb in the embedded clause is most of the time expressed in the subjunctive mood. In this lesson, we will shed light on what happens when the subjunctive-trigger verb is in the conditional mood:

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