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Focus on Language Awareness: Pragmatics
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  1. They were warned that if the rebels did not surrender, severe reprisals would follow.
  2. There is a large body of people who would use public transport if fares were cut.
  3. She would be in pain for the rest of her life, if you could call it a life.
  4. Nobody will think badly of you if you fail.
  5. It goes without saying that customers would be happier if prices were lower.
  6. It will go bad if you don’t put it in the refrigerator.
  7. It would be a pity if they had to cancel the show.
  8. If you’re going to succeed in this job you will need allies.
  9. If you were given the choice, would you prefer a cat or a dog?
  10. If you leave the club, you will not be allowed back in.
  11. If you fail the exam you will have to take it again.
  12. If you could change three things about your job, what would they be?
  13. If she is sent to prison, what will become of her children?
  14. If Luke paid more attention in class, he would achieve better results.
  15. If I wanted to get a job in advertising, what do you think my chances would be?
  16. If I ask for more money will you back me up?
  17. I would go mad if I had to stay in bed for three weeks.
  18. He’s only got himself to blame if no one will talk to him.
  19. Even if the drug is banned, a lot of people will go on using it anyway.
  20. Will my car be safe if I park it in the street?

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