If I win / If I won with this lottery ticket

wolfbm1

Senior Member
Polish
Hello.

I have bought a lottery ticket today. The prize is 1,000,000 zlotys.

I think I can say the following sentences:

1. If I win with this lottery ticket, I'll share the prize with you.
2. If I won with this lottery ticket, I'd share the prize with you.

I wonder what is the difference between those two sentences.

I think that in sentence #1 I'm optimistic about winning the prize but in sentence #2 I don't really believe I will win.

Am I right? :confused:
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes, that's about it. The past tense in #2 makes it more remote or hypothetical: I won't win really, but if I did, this is how things would be in this alternative world . . .
     

    wolfbm1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Thank you, entangledbank. :)
    So, I can express the same situation using either the first or the second conditonal, depending on how hypothetical or likely I feel it to be.
     
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