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Materias : 570107 Lengua y literatura550510 Filología

Fecha de publicación : 2002

Fecha de depósito: 21-ene-2011

Tipo de documento: Artículo

En : LFE. Revista de lenguas para fines específicos. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1993-.- ISSN 1133-1127.- n. 9-10, 2002-2003, p. 31





Autor: Huntley, Susan

Fuente: https://acceda.ulpgc.es


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Three Patterns of IV Sentences; How Helpful Is This? Susan Huntley Maycock University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Most students are traditionally taught that there are three common patterns of if sentences.
We suggest that, instead of being helpful, this is a setback, as there is a range of possibilities that diverges from this rule especially as regards English for Tourism and Business English. According to a survey carried out on second year students from the Diplomatura en Turismo de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, before embarking on their degrees, the vast majority of pupils have been taught that there are three common patterns of if sentences, known as the first, second and third conditionals. In this paper it is suggested that, instead of being helpful for students, this neat package of language is, in fact, a setback, as there is a range of possibilities that diverges from this rule especially as far as English for Tourism and Business English are concerned.
One of the main characteristics of the language used in these fields is the degree of politeness which should be transferred through the language if optimum results are to be obtained. There have been a number of attempts at analysing so-called conditional sentences, all of which prove how complex they in fact are. Conditionals have been the subject of research in a wide range of fields, including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, language acquisition and language teaching.
This is because they have a vast number of different forms and interpretations which are far from the simple explanation offered in most student grammars, namely that there are three types of conditionals.
Such explanations, which are Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos N° 9 y 10 (2002 y 2003) 33 Susan Huntky centred around revealing the formal differences between the three types or patterns reduce the analysis of meaning to a minimum and show a total disregard for the many different v...






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