Si hubiera dos fichas ... cualquier ficha podrá saltarlas.

ΕλισάβετC1Kwiziq community member

Si hubiera dos fichas ... cualquier ficha podrá saltarlas.

Hola Shui,

I'm a bit confused with the future "podrá". I would expected "podría" or "pudiera". Can you please explain? Is there a lesson about hypothetical clauses?

Muchas gracias

Ελισάβετ

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Ελισάβετ

Yes, here the narrator is mixing two different structures. Generally we use the conditional in the main clause when we have a subordinate clause with si + imperfect subjunctive, for example:

Si hubiera fichas, podrías saltarlas.

Here is the lesson for this structure:

Using the Spanish imperfect subjunctive in hypothetical clauses introduced by si followed by the Spanish conditional simple

But we also have si + present indicative, future tense, for example: 

Si hay fichas, podrás saltarlas.

Here's the lesson for this structure:

Si [if] followed by present indicative + main clause (present tense/future tense)

So he is using a more unconventional way. In a more relaxed discourse you may find this sometimes.

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Si hubiera dos fichas ... cualquier ficha podrá saltarlas.

Hola Shui,

I'm a bit confused with the future "podrá". I would expected "podría" or "pudiera". Can you please explain? Is there a lesson about hypothetical clauses?

Muchas gracias

Ελισάβετ

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