Conditional sentence

Jigen

Senior Member
Italian
It might be possible to limit the harm caused to society by the operation of illegal drug markets if they are kept out of sight

Could you please tell me whether this is a mixed conditioal or a first conditional?
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Let's turn the sentence around first, to see it in the standard format of a conditional sentence.
    If they are kept out of sight it may be possible to limit the harm caused to society by the operation of illegal drug markets.

    Now, what does a type 1 conditional look like?
    It has a possibly true condition followed by a statement of consequence, typically in the future.

    The topic sentence looks to me like a normal type 1 conditional.
    If they are kept out of sight - a possibly true condition.
    ... it may be possible to limit ... - a statement of future consequence.

    The fact that the future consequence is expressed as a possibility rather than a certainty doesn't change the fact that this is a first conditional statement.
     
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