What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences.

▪ I will be surprised if he confesses. ▪ I would be surprised if he confesses.

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Hi, Toaha,

@Toaha posted:

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences.

▪ I will be surprised if he confesses. ▪ I would be surprised if he confesses.

The first conditional is perfectly fine and is widely recognized. The second mixed conditional has its grounds among some native speakers, but some others don't prefer to use it.  Marilyn Martin says this kind of "mixed conditionals" is not in terms of time reference, but in terms of real/hypothetical. The if-clause has a present "real" condition and the result clause is hypothetical. See here:

https://thegrammarexchange.inf...ould-in-conditionals

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