Hypothetical phrase; types of hypothesis / consequence situations
Neophilologica, T. 23 (2011), s. 224-233
The Italian “periodo ipotetico” (a conditional clause or hypothetical phrase) is a structure composed
of two clauses. The main one is introduced chiefly by se and it indicates the condition (or supposition)
on which something else is dependent (the other clause). Many canonical grammar books
assert that there are three types of hypothesis/consequence situations: real, unlikely and no longer
possible. The aim of this article is to disprove this traditional thesis. With a couple of examples, it is
shown that there are in fact only two types of ‘‘periodo ipotetico’’.