In our English courses I found these two mixed conditionals, I would be grateful if you could explain why? I think this is found in spoken English.

1- If you need to know information about a new film, how would you get it?

2- What would you do if you get lost in a big city?

       (  I think " get" in no 2 may be a misprint)

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Hello Ahmed,

Generally, “would” sounds less certain, more hypothetical and therefore more polite than “will”. You might as well say:

1. If you need..., how will you get it?
2. What will you do if you get lost in a big city?

But then the questions may not sound as soft and therefore probably not as politely distanced.

Note that when conditions are real, results can be real or hypothetical. But when conditions are hypothetical, results must be hypothetical too. That means, if “get” is a misprint of “got”, the sentence can only be:

What would you do if you got lost in a big city? (Type 2 conditional) (will is not possible)

(I’m not a native English speaker but would like to try to share my opinions as a teacher of English in Hong Kong.)

Hi, Ahmed and Kinto,

@Ahmed towab posted:

In our English courses I found these two mixed conditionals, I would be grateful if you could explain why? I think this is found in spoken English.

1- If you need to know information about a new film, how would you get it?

2- What would you do if you get lost in a big city?

       (  I think " get" in no 2 may be a misprint)

These two questions have already been discussed here:

https://thegrammarexchange.inf...0#611418920556670680

 

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